South Carolina Department of Revenue Announces Major Data Breach

On Friday October 26, 2012 the South Carolina Department of Revenue announced that it had experienced a major data breach of its computing systems. Approximately 3.6 million social security numbers along with 387,000 credit/debit card numbers were exposed in this incident.

Anyone who has filed a South Carolina state tax return from 1998 to present may be affected. Since much of Furman’s community would have filed a South Carolina state tax return during this time, it is highly likely that faculty, staff, and student may be affected by this data breach.

For more information see the South Carolina Department of Revenue security site.

Furman takes the security and privacy of your information very seriously. Information security and privacy are vitally important. While no system is completely immune to cyber attacks, university auditors routinely check to ensure that Furman follows industry best practices for information technology security. In addition, the university never stores credit card information on Furman servers, and requires service providers provide evidence of compliance with the stringent security terms in university contracts.

Please remember to never share your password with anyone. If you have questions about Furman’s information security, please call the Information Technology Service Center at (864) 294 3277.

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