A message from Mr. Staats regarding data breach
On August 28, 2019, I received communication from the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) that one of the vendors who provided a software package to area schools had a data breach. This morning, August 29, 2019, I attended a meeting at the CNYRIC with numerous other School Superintendents to further understand this report.
To date, it has been shared that the breach is related to a product called AIMSWeb 1.0 that our school district once used. Someone was able to obtain the: names, birthdates, school ID number, and/or email addresses located within their AIMSWeb 1.0 database. This product was a resource educators used to record information related to reading and mathematics. Over the past few years we have used a similar product called AIMSWeb PLUS. Although these products have similar names and are both supported by Pearson Clinical Assessment, our current data (AIMSWeb PLUS) has not been breached.
As I distribute this press release, I have letters being prepared that will be mailed directly to each parent/guardian of any student who may be impacted. Although the amount of data that was breached is small, I prefer to err on the side of caution and make all affected parties aware of the steps we are taking in response to this breach.
I would like to publicly thank the CNYRIC for working with their legal team and my office to best understand this issue.