Wallingford student information exposed in security incident

Wallingford student information exposed in security incident

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WALLINGFORD — Student information may have been exposed in what school administrators called a “security incident” involving a third-party vendor.

Danielle Bellizzi, assistant school superintendent, said in an email to parents Thursday afternoon that Pearson Clinical Assessment, a vendor that “many school districts in Connecticut and nationwide use for assessment services,” notified the school district Tuesday about a security incident.

The incident affected a tool that the school district formerly used to track student reading and math assessments.

The affected information included “a limited number” of student names and, in some cases, dates of birth and email addresses,  Bellizzi wrote.

She added that the incident did not involve any Social Security numbers, credit card data, financial information, grades or other educational or assessment information.

Pearson informed the school district which students were affected Thursday.

It’s unclear how the Pearson system was compromised, how many students were affected and whether they were elementary, middle or high school students.

Bellizzi was not available for comment. Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo, who is chaperoning a school trip to Australia, did not respond immediately for comment.

“Beginning immediately after discovery,” Bellizzi wrote in the email, “Pearson launched an incident review by outside cyber security experts who determined the nature and extent of any data potentially affected.” 

She added that “Pearson has received no evidence to indicate that there has been any misuse of (student) information.”

As a precaution, Pearson is providing credit-monitoring services to students at no cost.

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