Equifax Data Breach

September 11, 2017

Last week the credit monitoring company Equifax announced a security breach that resulted in the exposure of personal data for 143 million people. The breach involved full names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver license numbers. With a breach of this size, it is likely that campus affiliates are impacted.

The Federal Trade Commission has established a website for guidance on what to do regarding the Equifax data breach: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

Information Technology Services (ITS) encourages you to be vigilant and proactive to protect your personal data and identity. If you’re concerned about identity theft, you might consider placing a credit freeze on your credit report. Credit freezes prevent stolen information from being used to open new accounts in your name by restricting access to your records.

Freeze your credit for the best protection.
 Here’s how: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs

Other actions you should take:
  • Enable multi-factor authentication where it is available to protect your access and accounts, both at work and at home - especially if your work involves accessing the personal data of others. 
     - Multi-factor implementation at UCSC: https://its.ucsc.edu/mfa/index.html 
     - How to get two-factor authentication for many popular websites and services: https://twofactorauth.org/
Additional information and messaging from the National Cyber Security Alliance: https://staysafeonline.org/about-us/news/national-cyber-security-alliance-responds-to-equifax-breach