Faulty password management dooms New Jersey school
IT administrators from a New Jersey public school district recently learned a hard lesson on the importance of effective password manager strategies after discovering a serious online security breach.
According to NorthJersey.com, officials have determined that the computer systems of a Ridgewood, New Jersey, school had been infiltrated last weekend. While the investigation remains ongoing, IT administrators have suggested that a faulty password may have presented hackers with the opportunity they were looking for.
In a message mailed to parents, Superintendent Daniel Fishbein revealed that six Ridgewood student have been identified as potential culprits and are being questioned as to their roles in the matter.
"The district maintains a 'zero tolerance' stance regarding this type of behavior," Fishbein explained. "We will continue to fully investigate this offense and are prepared to exercise our rights to the fullest extent permissible by law."
While investigators did not confirm whether or not any sensitive information had been accessed or stolen during the breach, stronger online security fundamentals could have helped the school avoid the incident - and associated reputational damage - altogether.