Thursday, July 19, 2012

UDOH to Host Outreach Meetings on Data Breach

(Salt Lake City, UT) - The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is preparing to launch its Data Breach Solution Center tour, a series of workshops throughout the state designed to provide personal, one-on-one help and information regarding the recent data breach.
The workshops will launch next Thursday, July 26, at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City. In all, the tour will make 12 stops at communities across Utah and will end on August 22 in St. George.

Utah's Data Security Ombudsman, Sheila Walsh-McDonald, and her staff will be at all 12 workshops providing individual case management, giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the data breach and protect themselves.

"We understand how upsetting the news of the data breach was for Utahns, and we apologize for the stress it has caused," said Walsh-McDonald, who was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in response to the data breach. "We want to make sure we've done everything we can to reach out to those who were affected by the data breach and offer them a high level of assistance and personally counsel anyone in need."

The UDOH encourages anyone who has questions or feedback to attend one of the workshops. The tour is part of the Department's push to provide solutions to those whose personal information was compromised earlier this year when computer hackers broke into a Utah State government server.

Each workshop will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (with the exception of St. George) on the following dates:

Thursday, July 26       Salt Lake City
                                Salt Lake County Government Center, South Atrium
                                 2001 S. State St.
                                Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday, July 30         Salt Lake City
                                Palmer Court
                                999 S. Main St.
                                Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, July 31        Logan
                                Bear River Health Department
                                 Environmental Health Building
                                85 E. 1800 North
                                Logan, Utah

Wednesday, Aug. 1     Ogden
                                Marshall White Community Center
                                222 28th Street
                                Ogden, Utah

Thursday, Aug. 2       Clearfield
                               North Davis Senior Activity Center
                               42 S. State St.
                               Clearfield, Utah

Wednesday, Aug. 8    Provo
                               Utah County Health Department
                               151 S. University Ave., Room 2600
                               Provo, Utah

Tuesday, Aug. 14      Price
                              Castleview Hospital
                              300 N. Hospital Drive
                              Price, Utah

Tuesday, Aug. 21      Richfield
                              Central Utah Health Department
                              70 Westview Dr.
                              Richfield, Utah

Wednesday, Aug. 22    St. George
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.          Washington County Senior Center
                                 245 N. 200 West
                                 St. George, Utah

A second Salt Lake County workshop, as well as events in Vernal and Moab, will be announced soon.

In addition to the workshops, the State of Utah has taken several significant steps to make sure victims of the data breach are protected, including offering free credit monitoring for victims and creating a 24-hour information hotline and web site with additional information on how to protect your credit, as well as direct access to the Data Security Ombudsman.

The UDOH and the Department of Technology Services have also completed internal reviews of data security policies, analyzed all state servers and conducted vulnerability assessments on them, and have increased employee training. Additionally, two independent firms have been hired to conduct investigations into the data breach and into the state's response.

For more information on the UDOH's Data Breach Solution Center tour visit or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-238-3339.

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