• About
  • Careers
  • Newsletter
Opinion Letter to the Editor USM considers data security of the utmost importance.

USM considers data security of the utmost importance.

-

To The Editors:

The university considers data security for students, faculty, and staff of the utmost importance.

When potential risks are discovered, the university takes appropriate measures to eliminate such problems as well as examining areas of potential vulnerability routinely as part of an ongoing security program for enterprise information technology.

The Feb. 15 article focused on the fraudulent acquisition of a university photo ID and in no way should that issue be confused with the protection of data regarding individual records that are protected by the university’s information security measures.

In this particular case, it was revealed that a first- time student’s ID card could potentially be claimed by another individual, if that individual offered basic details of the student’s information. Even though the functionality of the card is disabled once the legitimate student claims their ID, the potential for other forms of fraudulent activity remains unless the fraudulent ID card is destroyed or perpetrator is apprehended.

In order to address this concern, Photo Services developed an internal procedure in late January requesting photo identification for new issuances of USM ID Cards. The procedure has since been reviewed and approved by the appropriate university personnel. Effective Feb. 15, the revised procedure implemented for Photo Services is as follows:

• All students, faculty, staff and affiliates are required to show a government-issued photo ID in order to receive a university-issued ID card.

• Anyone who does not own a valid form of photo ID may be verified using information related to their classification as a student (according to the offices of admissions and registrar) or employee (according to the university human resources).

• Any issues arising from the verification process or inability to properly identify an individual will be referred to the UPD for assistance in resolving the issues.

Finally, Photo Services would like to reassure the university community that current USM ID cards have not been compromised by use of the prior process. At the present time, no evidence whatsoever of ID fraud has been discovered or reported as a result of the former procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns related to your USM ID, please contact Photo Services at (601) 266-4149.

Sincerely,

Jacob M. Cochran,
Associate Director, Procurement & Contract Services

Danny Rawls,
Manager, Photo Services

David J. Sliman,
Chief Information Officer

Latest news

Hattiesburg businesses discuss events, safety protocols

The hustle and bustle of Hattiesburg came to a roaring halt when the COVID-19 pandemic made its...

Possible TikTok ban is nonsense, but survivable

On August 5, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doubled down on President Trump’s “TikTok ban” by...

NCS4 leads way in sports safety research during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic presents safety complications for sporting leagues and organizations attempting to return to play. Southern...

Move-In Day 2020 Photo Gallery

Students began moving into their dorms at Southern Miss on August 5. Students this year had to...

A new normal: student-athletes share experiences during COVID-19 pandemic

For the last five months, college athletes have battled with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. From...

Students, faculty on returning to school amidst pandemic

Students were expected to return to face-to-face classes at Southern Miss on August 17. That changed when...

Must read

Hattiesburg businesses discuss events, safety protocols

The hustle and bustle of Hattiesburg came...

Possible TikTok ban is nonsense, but survivable

On August 5, U.S. Secretary of State...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you