About the organization
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is a Silicon Valley school system that’s been awarded the designation of the #1 School District In California, serving 12,000 students in K-12 and adult education classes. According to PAUSD, “Parents, businesses, government, agencies, community organizations, and local colleges and universities actively participate in the educational process through collaborative programs, public and private partnerships, and significant volunteer contributions.”
PAUSD, located in the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, had an incident where student grade information was being exposed on a third party website. As soon as the IT department received notice, they immediately invoked their data breach response protocol and began investigating the report. After validating the information, staff worked to determine the scope and composition of the breach, and took steps to ensure any potential attack vectors were addressed. The source of the exposure was the result of compromised credentials of a teacher’s account.