Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College officials say they have notified local law enforcement officials that a laptop computer with sensitive personal information was stolen from a staff member’s office earlier this week.
The college says it is notifying students and faculty whose personally identifiable information was stored on that computer. In a release, O-C Tech said the computer contained data files that included the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of former and current students and faculty members. The school says the laptop is password-protected and the data was not stored in an easily recognizable format.
The release did not say how many students and faculty were affected.
“College officials were disappointed to learn that someone entered a staff member’s office on campus and removed a computer,” said Kim Huff, Vice President for Business Affairs, said in a statement. “We are evaluating our security controls to prevent further incidents.”
Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech is a comprehensive two-year technical college located in Orangeburg that provides training of persons for jobs in new and expanding industries, upgrading programs for workers already employed and university transfer opportunities.
The college said it has spent two days verifying the information stored on the stolen laptop after realizing it was stolen on Monday. They say there is currently has no indication that any of this data was accessed or used.
As a precautionary measure, the college is advising these individuals to closely monitor their credit reports and reminding them that everyone is entitled to a free credit report each year at www.annualcreditreport.com.