TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's education commissioner has ordered a review of data security procedures after personal information for thousands of teachers-in-training was exposed on the Internet.
According to a statement from the Department of Education, personal information from roughly 47,000 participants in a teacher preparation program was publically accessible for two weeks, starting in late May.
Officials said Saturday that the breach occurred during a data transfer between servers at Florida State University's Florida Center for Interactive Media, when security measures that would have restricted access only to authorized individuals were not enacted.
The department learned about the security breach on June 11. State officials say they worked with the university to cut off the public access and run security checks. Unauthorized people may have accessed the data, but the department says there's no indication it was used inappropriately.
Florida State officials say they are working with the department to notify affected participants.
"This is unacceptable. All Floridians deserve our unceasing protection of their personal information and must have confidence that it will never be exposed for the potential of illegal use," said Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. "I have ordered a top to bottom review of the security of every database and our staff is expediting the transfer of all confidential information into servers directly monitored and secured by the department."
A hotline for individuals whose data might have been affected, 866-507-1109, will open Monday afternoon. The department says the costs of identity protection will be provided for people affected by the security breach.
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