Cuesta College is offering one year of free identity theft protection to current and former community college employees who were affected by a recent database breach.
The college board of trustees last week voted unanimously to enter into a one-year contract with LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, at a cost of up to $156,000, according to a news release.
The contract went into effect July 2, and college administrators plan to notify all affected employees by mail and email. They will have 60 days to enroll in the free service.
Paso Robles resident Lacey Fowler, a human resources analyst at Cuesta College, is accused of illegally accessing the college’s personnel database May 31, which contained private information about employees.
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The information includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, but not personal bank information, according to the college.
Fowler was arrested June 17; the following day prosecutors filed a single felony charge of improperly accessing computer data. Her husband also was arrested on suspicion of unrelated drug charges.
Employees can contact Cuesta's human resources department for more information at 546-3129.