Daytona State College warns employees of potential data breach

Investigation underway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona State College is warning its staff about a potential data breach involving W-2 information after one employee had his or her personal information misused.

The investigation is in its early stages and at this point officials aren't sure if a data breach did in fact occur. 

"Our investigation is ongoing, and we are working as quickly as we can," executive vice president Brian Babb said in a statement to employees. "If we determine that your information was compromised, we will be in contact with you and will provide additional information."

Current and former employees could potentially be affected. The college has arranged free data protection services for employees.

Adjunct music professor Gordon Russell said he received a six-page letter saying that his 2016 W-2 information, which includes name, address, social security number, salary information and tax withholdings, may have been exposed. 

"Obviously, it caused me some great concern," Russell said.

The school said it learned about the possible breach on Feb. 19 and alerted employees with a letter and is providing free data protection services to employees for a year.

Russell said the letter is helpful, but shouldn't be needed in the first place.

"I think they're on top of it, but what concerns me, is that it happened at all," he said.

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