Back-to-School Blues: Data from Over 20,000 Students Lost

The Boston Globe reports that more than 20,000 students across 36 schools in the Boston Public School system had their data compromised when the district’s vendor Plastic Card Systems lost a flash drive containing students’ personal information.


22 August 2013

It’s that time of the year again. With the new school year approaching, parents and their children are getting back into their school day routines. But it might be back-to-school blues for thousands of middle school students, high school students and their parents in the Boston area.

Recent news by The Boston Globe reports that more than 20,000 students across 36 schools in the Boston Public School system had their data compromised when the district’s vendor Plastic Card Systems lost a flash drive containing students’ personal information.

Flash drives might be okay for individuals to store non-sensitive information, but for organizations to use to store personal data? Not a chance.

As a result, students are expected to receive new ID badges at the beginning of the school year. Fortunately, the data on the flash drive cannot be used to access student records – although the thought of students’ information being lost in the first place is still unsettling.

The reality is that data loss can happen anywhere at any time, and often at the cause of human error. It’s important that organizations take precaution against data loss risks, and use an effective enterprise-class storage and collaboration platform like Intralinks VIA™ to avoid all of those “oops” moments.

Let’s just hope that those involved learn from their mistakes and take proactive measures in the future.



Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.