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Audit reveals insufficient security in UMUC database

Audit reveals insufficient security in UMUC database

The security and access controls protecting the personal information of University of Maryland University College staff and students are "not sufficient," according to an audit released Friday by the state's Office of Legislative Audits. The 655,227 Social Security numbers stored in UMUC databases are unencrypted, the report states, despite the University System of Maryland IT Security Standards requiring the encryption of confidential information or other equally secure safeguards. "When it's unencrypted, it's in clear text," said Bob Koslowski, director of information systems audits. "If that server were hacked, the hacker could see that...