YSU Foundation Affected by Data Security Incident

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State University Foundation sent letters this month to people potentially affected by suspicious activity detected by a web-based fundraising company with which the foundation contracts.

On Feb. 2,  DonorPerfect notified foundation management that it had discovered suspicious activity related to a subsection of its hosted file storage. 

Once made aware of the data security incident that occurred at DonorPerfect, the foundation sent letters to those possibly affected, a news release states. 

“At the YSU Foundation, we take the privacy and security of personal information very seriously,” the release states. 

DonorPerfect immediately took steps to identify, contain and remediate the issue, including locking down its systems and strengthening security protocols. 

As soon as DonorPerfect discovered the incident, it took security steps and implemented measures to enhance network security and minimize the risk of a similar incident occurring in the future, according to the release. The company also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement and said it will continue to cooperate with them in any investigations to hold the perpetrator accountable. 

DonorPerfect has arranged to provide credit monitoring services through IDX, a leader in consumer identity protection, to anyone affected. These services include 12 months of credit monitoring, identity protection through CyberScan, a $1 million identity fraud loss reimbursement policy and fully managed identity theft recovery services.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.