Maricopa Security Breach

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The MCCCD security breach downward spiral

The picture below illustrates the main elements that ultimately led to the 4th largest security breach in the US in 2013 according to Identity Theft Resource Center.

Two main elements combined in 2011-2013 to create the perfect storm for the  Maricopa Community College IT Department:

  • MCCCD management ignored employee warnings as reported by the press.
  • Hostile environment and fear in the workplace drove  IT employees out.

These two elements created the perfect storm for MCCCD IT.  Now,  MCCCD is seeking to raise tuition and the tax levy to rehire and retrain employees. These funds will also be used to  pay for expenses associated with the security breach.

The IT department at MCCCD lost its core IT staff in 2011-2013.  It was deprived of institutional knowledge to support technology.  Attempts to replace the staff with consultants failed and now they must rehire and retrain.

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MCCCD proposes tuition and tax hike to pay for security breach

Check out this new article in AZ Central by Mary Beth Faller on tuition and tax hikes at MCCCD.

The MCCCD Administration is now asking the Governing Board to approve a tuition and tax hike.  Part of the increase totaling $25 million will go towards fixing the IT Security breach and hiring new IT personnel that left the District during the turmoil of 2011-2013.

Maricopa County college district proposes tuition and tax hikes

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MCCCD Board called on to fire Chancellor

Check out this new article posted by the Arizona Daily Independent.
It contains footage of the 2/25/14 Governing Board Meeting where citizens called for the Chancellor to be fired.

MCCCD Board called on to fire Chancellor

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