Maricopa Security Breach

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The Vice-Chancellor of IT knew about the breach – Letter to the organization

The MCCCD Administration has repeatedly said in the press that they did not know how extensive the 2011 breach was.  They go on to say that they were never told how significant this breach was.  Furthermore, they seem to be set in their ways to blame the very same employees that warned them well in advance of the 2013 incident.  The following letter was sent in March 2011 from Vice-Chancellor of IT George Kahkejian to the entire Maricopa Community. It appears that he was very well aware of the details, the magnitude, the involvement of a consulting firm and many other aspects of the investigation.  It is hard to believe that the Chancellor did not see this email. It was sent to ALL MCCCD employees. It is hard to believe that Chancellor Rufus Glasper did not communicate with Mr. Kahkejian in a matter of such importance where even the FBI was involved. The MCCCD Administration is in denial and looking for a scapegoats.  If only they had done what they said they would.

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See timeline of events for this security breach from 2011 to 2014 

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The Chancellor was informed of security risks – IT Grievance released

One of the biggest kept secrets have finally been released by MCCCD to the media. There are others but this one is important because it establishes that the MCCCD Administration (Rufus Glasper) was warned well in advance of the 2013 incident that security vulnerabilities existed and had not been addressed. ITS employees had to file an official grievance to let Chancellor Rufus Glasper and the Governing Board know that the identity of millions of people was at risk.  The IT Grievance was sent to the Chancellor by then MAT (Union) representative Kerry Mitchell on behalf of IT employees in October 2013.  Follow-up messages (to be posted later) were sent to Glasper but no action on the grievance was ever taken.

ABC 15 reports in this TV story what they learned from the IT Grievance.

http://www.abc15.com/news/let-joe-know/report-employees-called-mcccd-servers-high-risk-in-complaint-to-district

14a – 10-2012 Email from Kerry and Cecilia to Dr Glasper on Grievance

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Cash balance at MCCCD swells

Chuck Vaxter, a faculty members in the Business Department at Glendale Community College, has uncovered some interesting facts about how much money MCCCD has managed to take from taxpayers and students over the years and put away as cash balance. Now, MCCCD is asking taxpayers and students for even more money in the wake of security incident that they could have prevented.  MCCCD is a $1.5 Billion dollar a year organization.

http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/04/01/the-bulging-cash-hoard-of-mcccd/

MCCCD is facing multi-million dollar lawsuits for their negligence regarding the 2013 security breach.  The Administration with the support of a few Board members is plotting a conspiracy against the same employees who warned them that a security breach was imminent.  MCCCD is trying to cover up an event that impacted the entire community. They are terminating one employee after another to avoid assuming responsibility.  To make things worse, the Administration is using this event to ask taxpayers and students to pay for improvements to IT and other areas.  MCCCD is proposing a tax hike and tuition increase.