Security breach investigation expands at UMD

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) - The investigation into the security breach at the University of Maryland is expanding. The breach exposed the personal records of hundreds of thousands of students, including their social security numbers.

"Personally, I want them to tell me if I've been hacked," said Jenna Graime, a University of Maryland student.

Up to this point, University officials say there was a breach in a database that contains more than 300,000 records of students, faculty and staff from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses.
Records go back to 1998 and include names, social security numbers, birth dates and university ID numbers.

David Amsler of Foreground Security is not surprised by the breach. His Herndon based company handles cyber security for major corporations and government agencies.

"If you ask any expert in our industry, it's not a question of if you get compromised It's a question of when," said Amsler.

Recently, Target was in the news after a major breach, which affected 70 million customers.

"I don't think there is some magic uptick in the capability of those criminal actors," explained Amsler. "There is just more of them, but it's because we're making the data more available through the cloud and different applications and mobile devices where we really run into the big problem."

Amsler says corporations and universities should not just worry about gathering data - which in some cases helps their bottom line.
He says they should worry about protecting that data.

The University is offering one year of free credit monitoring to anyone affected by the breach.