Orr Briefs Senate about BIN Breach

Jan. 17, 2008

WACO, Texas--On Thursday, January 17, Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of Libraries Pattie Orr spoke to Student Senate about a recent security breach involving the Baylor Information Network (BIN).

"We did have a security breach on the BIN," said Orr. "And the breach is currently under investigation by the FBI."

According to Orr, the breach occurred from December 10 to December 13 and only affected approximately 500 students and faculty. "The security issue was limited to Bear IDs and passwords. No social security, financial, or academic information was captured," said Orr.

Once detected, Information Technology Services notified affected students and faculty with phone calls and text-messaging via ConnectEd, an emergency contact system purchased last summer. ITS deactivated all affected Bear ID accounts, and instructed affected parties to re-activate their accounts with different passwords.

FBI and Baylor officials have yet to disclose the name of the party in question, but Orr did indicate that the suspect was a Baylor student employee.

Orr did take the opportunity to emphasize the importance of continually updating emergency contact information through BearWeb.

Also on Thursday, Student Senate passed a support resolution for the family of Bethany Perales. A freshman from San Antonio, Texas, Perales passed away over the Christmas holidays in a car accident.

"I didn't know Bethany personally; however, after attending the funeral services in San Antonio, I felt I had known her for years," said Freshman Student Senator Becka Bovio, who co-authored and co-sponsored the resolution. "It is apparent that Bethany is still deeply loved and will be sorely missed both at home and at Baylor. She was a true testament to God's glory."

Student Government asks that all members of the Baylor family continue to keep their thoughts and prayers with the Perales family during this difficult time.

To view the support resolution, click here.