How will UD prevent future attacks?
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The University has been aligned with the best practices in the IT industry; unfortunately, there is no way that any organization can guarantee that a cyberattack will never occur. However, we are already making changes to our network in consultation with the FBI, our data security consultant, and other universities whose systems have been breached in the past.
UD collects and uses SSNs only as necessary for the performance of the University’s duties and responsibilities and as required by law. The University uses the SSN as a unique identifier for many business and financial purposes:
- to process payroll and other human resource information, including health and retirement benefits registration and processing, tax reporting, unemployment and workers compensation,
- for payments to vendors and independent contractors,
- as part of the process of making financial aid awards, including grants, loans, work-study awards, and other forms of financial aid,
- for student account collections,
- as part of admissions and enrollment processes, and
- to facilitate planned giving reporting.
UD is dedicated to ensuring the privacy and proper handling of SSNs of its students, employees, and individuals associated with the University.