Information Regarding On-Going Investigation into Security Breach of Northwest Florida State College's Computer System
An internal review by Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) on October 1 - 5, 2012 indicated a breach in the security of the college's computer systems. The investigation is ongoing. This website serves as one of many modes to communicate the latest information available to affected or potentially affected parties. The security breach compromised certain personal information of three separate groups:
- Approximately 76,000 Northwest Florida State College current and former students (personal information).
- Approximately 200,000 State of Florida students eligible for Bright Futures scholarships for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years (personal information).
- More than 3,000 current, past and retired NWFSC employees (personal and financial information).
Student Search on Data Breach
Student Notification Letter - Oct. 31, 2012 
Security Alert Email from DOE to Bright Future Students - October 22, 2012 [PDF]
FL DOE Website on Credit Info for Students
Communication to NWFSC Employees
Employee Search on Data Breach
Employee Notification Letter - Mailed Oct. 17, 2012 [PDF]
Employee Update - October 17, 2012 [PDF]
Letter from Dr. Ty Handy to College Employees: October 8, 2012 [PDF]
Identity Theft Police Report Complaint Procedures: October 4, 2012 [PDF]
Affidavit of Complaint: October 4, 2012 [PDF]
Points of Contact
NWFSC students who have attended or are attending the college and have recently been the victim of identity theft should notify the Dean of Students at email@example.com.
Current or past employees who have recently been the victim of identity theft should notify Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bright Futures scholars from 2005-06 and 2006-07 who attended other Florida colleges or universities may call 1-800-688-0656 or visit www.fldoe.org/creditinfo.asp for more information.
NWFSC Media Release: October 17, 2012
Florida Department of Education Media Release: October 10, 2012 [PDF]
NWFSC Media Release: October 10, 2012 [PDF]
NWFSC Media Release (Updated): October 8, 2012 [PDF]
Credit Reporting Agencies
To protect yourself from the possibility of identity theft, call any one of three major credit reporting agencies at the numbers below to place a free fraud alert on your credit files.
Experian - 1-888-397-3742
Equifax - 1-888-766-0008
TransUnion - 1-800-680-7289
You may obtain a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Helpful links for protecting your personal information and/or what to do if your identity is stolen
Federal Trade Commission:
What to do if your identity is stolen
Federal Trade Commission:
What to do if your personal information has been compromised