HAGERSTOWN, Md. - As more and more personal information is stored electronically, data breaches are a constant concern.
"I'm not surprised it's happened before in other schools all over the us," said Rebecca Pedron, a student of the University System of Maryland.
And now more than 300,000 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel at the University of Maryland have been breached.
"The breach at the University of Maryland affects students who are enrolled in programs at the University of Maryland," said Erin Harman of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
According to President Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland, the records breached included name, social security number and date of birth of those from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who received a university ID since 1998.
"It may affect students who are enrolled in College Park and those students need to communicate with the main campus about their concerns," said Harman.
Loh says the university is offering a year of free credit monitoring to those affected.
And in an effort to make sure this breach doesn't happen again, the university has doubled the number of security engineers and analysts as the investigation continues.