Here a new article on the history of the MCCCD security breach, the cost of the failure to respond and the current state of affairs.
Today, 4/29/2014, Earl Monsour is being deposed at the Gallagher and Kennedy Office in Phoenix, Az. A deposition that may last a couple of days if not longer. This is just the beginning, one of hundreds of individuals who will have to be deposed. Lawyers and more lawyers (9-10 today only) are involved at an hourly rate of approximately $300+/hr. A bill MCCCD will end up paying with taxpayer dollars if they lose these cases in court.
MCCCD lawyers are working around the clock trying to hide the truth from the public hoping that a judge will support the complete lack of transparency of a publicly funded institution. A few days ago, the Governing Board approved a $3 tuition increase to generate millions of dollars of new revenue. Students who already registered and paid for their Fall semester will receive a new bill and hopefully not be dropped from classes when MCCCD runs their dreaded ‘purge’. New students will need to pay a bit more if they want to attend. All of this, while MCCCD sits on top of a large sum of cash totaling nearly $500 million (see The Bulging Cash Hoard at MCCCD). It begs the questions, who is the MCCCD Governing Board serving? What is the mission of the institution? Why are you asking for more money when you have so much? Are you trying to keep that infamous bond rating at the expense of the community?
Petition – MCCCD Security Breach
Public Audience: Demand transparency from MCCCD! Sign the petition!” and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 10 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:
Here’s why it’s important:
I support saving the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) through accountability and transparency. As a result, I am demanding that the MCCCD Governing Board take action in the matter of the data breach in 2013. I support that the Governing Board obtain a second legal opinion from an outside Information Technology counsel to save Maricopa and taxpayers millions of dollars now being wasted on IT systems and attorneys to deal with the security breach.
If you are looking for a chronology of events that show how this entire incident could have been avoided, look here. If you are looking for a history of Board minutes since April 2013 to see how much money is being spent, look here.
Please help the MCCCD Governing take action with your support. Millions of taxpayer dollars and future tuition increases are at stake.
After signing this petition, please contact the MCCCD Board members directly to encourage them to take action and help our community.
Here is a link to a new article by Mary Beth Faller in the AZ Republic regarding the MCCCD computer breach.
Just a few months after the breach, legal costs are beginning to skyrocket.
IT costs are also beginning to escalate as projects previously approved by the Board now need resources for implementation.
ITS is asking the Governing Board for additional funding to hire new IT staff. It is unclear what happened to the ‘permanent dollars’ ITS had from the 40+ individuals who left the organization in the midst of the turmoil. Salary savings might have been used to hire consultants.