Maricopa Security Breach

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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.

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.






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.