Approximately 1,800 employees of California State University, Sacramento received letters this week informing them that their Social Security and driver's license information had been compromised due to a security breach of the campus' computer system.
Kim Nava, a campus spokeswoman, said the university's IT staff discovered a problem with a server for the risk management office in August and immediately shut down the server as they sought the cause of the problem. On Sept. 23, she said, they determined that an external entity had gained access to the system and data had been compromised.
After IT staff found the breach, they had to further investigate whether other servers were impacted, determine exactly which employees were affected and have the university send letters to individuals, Nava said.
She said the letter advised employees how to protect themselves from possible identity theft and how to obtain free credit reports. It also provided a phone number for follow-up questions.
To date, Nava said, there have been no reports of identity theft as a result of the breach.
Editor's note (12:50 p.m., Oct. 17): This item has been updated to clarify the sequence of events prior to the university sending letters to affected employees.