Posted On March 29, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 29, 2022 – Recently, North Orange County Community College District (“NOCCCD”) announced that an unauthorized party was able to access sensitive information belonging to certain students and employees.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from North Orange County Community College District understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the North Orange County Community College District data breach. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from North Orange County Community College District.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to an official filing by the District, on January 10, 2022, NOCCCD learned of suspicious activity on both two of the District’s colleges networks. Those colleges were Cypress College and Fullerton College. In response, the District launched an investigation to learn more about the incident, and to determine if any employee or student information was compromised as a result. The investigation confirmed that between December 7, 2021 and January 10, 2022, files containing sensitive employee and student data may have been accessed or removed from the District’s network.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, North Orange County Community College District then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. This review is still ongoing; however, the District confirmed that it is already aware that some employee and student information was present in the affected files.
On March 25, 2022, North Orange County Community College District began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. The District noted that it will send additional letters if it determines other parties were impacted by the recent data breach.
North Orange County Community College District is an education system serving more than one million residents across more than a dozen cities. Each year, more than 78,000 students enroll between the District’s three campuses, Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education. NOCCCD employs more than 2,795 people across all facilities.
When you allowed NOCCCD access to your personal data, you trusted the organization to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the NOCCCD data breach raises some very serious questions about the District’s data security measures and whether more could have been done to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all organizations have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the North Orange County Community College District breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if NOCCCD was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the North Orange County Community College District security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against NOCCCD, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from NOCCCD in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the NOCCCD data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.