Katy ISD monitors data breach at third-party vendor

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

KATY, Texas - The Katy Independent School District sent out an email to parents Monday after a potential data exposure.

The district said SunGard K-12, a third-party student and employee data management vendor, informed Katy ISD about a possible data breach connected to a software installation company. The software sent other school districts unauthorized data without the district's knowledge. 

The breach involved information from students in the 2013-2014 school year, officials said.

According to Katy ISD, there was no evidence that the data was seen by anyone from other districts.

SunGard K-12 offered affected students and staff a free one-year membership to data protection and monitoring services.

The districts said they will take precautions to make sure such breaches don't reoccur. 

NOTE: The original headline on this story stated that the data breach happened at an online school. The headline has been corrected to indicate that the breach happened at a vendor, not at a school.

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