Maricopa Security Breach

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Letter sent from MCCCD to employees to turn over documents

Here is the letter employees received from Jim Bowers, Interim VC of HR at Maricopa Community College District to turn over documents and any confidential and higly sensitive information regarding the MCCCD network.

These letters contain additional threats of disciplinary action. MCCCD has not only denied employees the opportunity to obtain documents necessary to defend themselves, they are now threatening with additional disciplinary actions if the employees do not surrender the few documents that they have and have officially obtained via records request.  These documents are proof that the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of ITS were told about the security breaches that ultimately led to the 2013 incident. These documents do not contain any sensitive network information that would put the public at risk.  The biggest risk to the public is an administration that does not listen to their employees and fail to follow establish policy meant to protect the organization.

Mr. Monsour and Mr. Corzo were not responsible for the Network at MCCCD. All sensitive information about the MCCCD network resides with MCCCD and the individuals in charge of the Network.

ITS at MCCCD has seen nearly a 50% attrition. Nearly 60 employees have left the department since 2011.  MCCCD has publicly shared information about its network and vulnerabilities.  MCCCD has publicly acknowledge in the Board minutes from 11/2013 that its environment may not be secured (See below).  These factors by themselves present more risk to the public than anything else.
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MCCCD Employees respond to Mr. James Bowers request for documents

Here is the response letter that both Mr. Monsour and Mr. Corzo sent to Jim Bowers by 5pm on 3/4/2013.

Mr Bowers, Interim VC of HR for MCCCD, demanded that Mr. Corzo and Mr. Monsour turn over “possession of highly sensitive and confidential information and documents proprietary to Maricopa Community College District”  & “documents that contain sensitive information about the district’s network”.

Neither Mr. Monsour or Mr. Corzo were in charge of the Network at MCCCD at the time of the 2011 or 2013 incidents. They don’t have any documents containing sensitive information about the district network.  These documents reside with the network team at MCCCD and the Director in charge of the network infrastructure.  Mr. Monsour has been on medical leave since Fall 2012 and Mr. Corzo has never been in charge of the MCCCD network.  These letter is retaliatory in nature and another attempt at intimidating employees. This is one of the reasons why ITS has lost nearly 50% of their staff since 2011.

Mr. James Bowers
Interim Vice Chancellor Human Resources
Maricopa County Community College District

Mr. Bowers;

This letter responds to your February 28, 2014, letter demanding that I turn over “possession of highly sensitive and confidential information and documents proprietary to Maricopa Community College District.”  Without more specificity as to the documents you seek, I am unable to provide you with any documents.

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