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Wrongful employee termination – MCCCD Security Breach

Attached is the response to the Chancellor’s recommendation to terminate Mr. Miguel Corzo’s employment.
The letters below were sent to the Governing Board in response to the upcoming Board meeting.

The MCCCD Administration is accusing Mr. Corzo of not doing a job that wasn’t his to do, being responsible for systems he wasn’t supposed to be responsible for, knowing about a document that was never shared with him, not communicating upwards when he repeatedly did so, and not doing enough during an incident in 2011 when he was onsite, working with his staff and others to help MCCCD address a small security breach.  In 2013 when the second and larger breach took place, Mr. Corzo was no longer assigned to any supervisory or database duties.

The ERPs at MCCCD that Mr. Corzo was responsible for were never compromised in 2011. A small database residing on the main maricopa webservers was compromised.  This database was the responsibility of the marketing department and the network and server team at MCCCD not Mr. Corzo’s team.
It is not what happened in 2011 that matters as much as what the Administration did after 2011 and before the 2013 incident. The 2011 incident was indeed minor.  Nothing really happened of any significance. The Administration simply ignored or decided to take a chance on documents provided to them that clearly stated that something had to be done to repair our systems after a minor breach.  That was a calculated risk that unfortunately had serious consequences and no one in the Administration wants to be responsible for. Mr. Corzo warned the Administration multiple times with 12 letters, including 3 emails regarding an IT grievance that clearly stated that MCCCD was at great risk of exposing personal data. Mr. Corzo followed every process in place. He gave the Chancellor more than enough time to at least meet with him to discuss his concerns.  Nothing ever happened and MCCCD is now facing their biggest legal battle in their history and the highest attrition levels in IT ever. Not only that, the Administration is using the very same employees that tried to help MCCCD as scapegoats.

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MCCCD sued over public records | Maricopa Security Breach

MCCCD sued by local lawfirm over public records. Recent articles in the front page of the Arizona RepublicArizona Daily Independent and Databreaches.net tell the story.

This entire incident could have been avoided had Dr. Glasper and the District Administration taken action in a simple internal grievance document filed by employees back in 2012 to alert the District of the security issues. Policies were ignored by Glasper. The Administration ignored letter after letter from concerned employees like Teresa Toney (Public Stewardship), Kerry Mitchell and Cecilia Quiroz (Presidents of employee groups), IT employees, community members and former employees who tried to raised flags before they left.  Read the entire chronology of events here.

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Millions in taxpayer dollars and employee time are now going towards handling the mismanagement of this situation. Employees are leaving the organization and MCCCD faces heavy penalties and expensive lawsuits.