Goddard Systems Data Breach Exposes SSNs

By
Will Gendron
Apr 16, 2024 11:06 AM
Explore steps to secure your data after the Goddard Systems breach involving Social Security numbers.

September 2023 Data Breach

On September 13, 2023, Goddard Systems, LLC detected suspicious activity in an employee's email account. This prompted an immediate security response to secure the compromised account and initiate a thorough investigation with the help of third-party cybersecurity experts. The investigation revealed that from September 8 to September 13, 2023, there was abnormal activity within the account. By March 13, 2024, it was confirmed that certain personal data was indeed contained within the affected email system. Although no direct evidence has been found that this data was accessed by unauthorized parties, the possibility could not be entirely ruled out.

Information Exposed

  • Social Security Number

Goddard Systems, LLC's Response

In response to this incident, Goddard Systems, LLC has taken several steps to enhance their security measures and prevent future breaches. These include resetting multi-factor authentication protocols, revising email access policies, and tightening permission restrictions. Additionally, they have reviewed and are continuously updating their data security policies and procedures. To support those potentially impacted by the breach, Goddard Systems is offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity restoration services through Cyberscout, a TransUnion company. They have also reported the incident to state regulators as required.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your data might have been compromised in this breach, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Enroll in Credit Monitoring: You can sign up for the free services provided by Goddard Systems through Cyberscout using the unique code provided in the notification letter.
  • Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye on your financial statements and accounts for any unauthorized activity.
  • Check Your Credit Reports: You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once per year. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com or contact the bureaus directly.
  • Place a Fraud Alert and Security Freeze: Consider placing a fraud alert or a security freeze on your credit files. This makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.

About Goddard Systems, LLC

Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School preschools, is a leader in early childhood education. With over 460 franchised schools across 36 states, they provide a play-based learning curriculum developed with early childhood education experts. More information about the company can be found on their website.

For detailed steps on how to protect your data and to enroll in credit monitoring services, please refer to the official notice provided by Goddard Systems, LLC, available at the bottom of this page in PDF format. Additionally, for more information on the breach, you can visit the Maine Attorney General's disclosure page.

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