The University of Texas announced Sunday that their computer systems had been breached and a ton of personal records had been compromised.
This type of news usually means that I would be kicking the crap out someone, but in this case it is anything but. Within two days of the breach (they found out last Friday), UT had let the word out. By Monday morning they were analyzing the damage toll, setting up hotlines for prospective victims (see the numbers below), and generally jumping through hoops to make sure their “customers” were protected. They announced, they warned, they took responsibility.
The University of Texas officials didn’t hide, point fingers or engage in any other action you might suspect from a publically funded organization that was subject to a personal data compromise. No, they engaged in logical and tangible damage control instead.
UT deserves kudos for acting in such a highly forthright manner.