Notice of Data Security Incident
July 23, 2020
We are writing to inform you about a data security incident that may have involved your personal information. Bay Path University takes the protection and proper use of your information very seriously, and we value our relationships with our donors. Although no sensitive information was involved, out of an abundance of caution we want you to be aware of the incident and know that we are taking every precaution.
We were notified by our third-party service provider that they successfully prevented a cybercriminal attack that involved our donor database. However, prior to locking the cybercriminal out, some of our files containing your personal information were obtained. It is important to note that the cybercriminal did not access your credit card information, bank account information, social security number, or your password for our donation website. We have determined that the file accessed may have contained your contact information, demographic information, publically-available wealth information, Bay Path education history, and a history of your relationship with our organization. Based on the nature of the incident, their research, and third party (including law enforcement) investigation, we have no reason to believe that any data went beyond the cybercriminal, was or will be misused, or will be disseminated or otherwise made available publicly.
Ensuring the safety of your data is of the utmost importance to us. As part of their ongoing efforts to help prevent something like this from happening in the future, our third-party service provider has already implemented several changes that will protect your data from any subsequent incidents. Although passwords were not accessed in the attack, we suggest that you update your personal password on our donation website.
Because of the type of data taken and our belief that it will not go past the cybercriminal, we do not anticipate the need for credit monitoring on your part. As a best practice, we recommend you remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to us and to the proper law enforcement authorities.
We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Bay Path University Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 565-1396.
Vice President for Development and Planned Giving