Although the investigation did not find that personal information had actually been accessed or acquired as a result of this incident, West County could not rule out the possibility. Personal information relating to certain current and former students and staff was present within the impacted system: name, Social Security number, and state student identification numbers for certain students and staff.
The release indicates the district immediately began to assess the security of relevant district systems, to contact the people who were potentially affected, and notify state regulators as required. District employees also went about resetting relevant passwords, working with third-party investigators, reviewing the contents of the impacted system to determine whether they contained sensitive information, and reviewing internal systems to identify contact information and notify those who might be affected.
“I can’t believe how long it took to contact everyone who might have been affected, that was the longest and hardest part of this,” Coffman said. “Because the server had a few years’ of data on it, we had to track down many people who had different addresses and phone numbers, might have moved out of the state, it was a challenge.”
Anyone with additional questions can call the district at 573-562-7535, write to the district at 1124 Main Street, Leadwood, MO 63653, or obtain additional information on the website at www.wcr4.org.