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File containing state employees' data is missing

2:22 PM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The State of Colorado's Information Security Office reports that a USB drive containing state information is missing.

A state employee lost the drive while transporting it between work locations. There is no indication that this information has been misused or stolen.

The electronic file contained names, Social Security numbers and some home addresses of approximately 18,800 state personnel. Out of an abundance of caution, the state is contacting every individual with a phone call and/or letter to notify them, apologize, and direct them to resources through the Colorado Attorney General's Office for additional identity protection information.

"The Office of Information Security is continuing all necessary efforts to recover the file," Jonathan Trull, Colorado's Chief Information Security Officer, said. "We are also reviewing and revising procedures and practices to minimize the risk of recurrence."

The employee did not follow established protocol for securing data. Appropriate disciplinary action was taken.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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