Suncoast not harmed by FLVS data breach

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SARASOTA – Friday we learned of a Florida Virtual School (FLVS) data breach, compromising records like student names, dates of birth and school usernames and passwords.

But those affected are taking online courses in Leon County.

“Sarasota County is one of 66 other school districts that had no breach whatsoever,” Sarasota Virtual School Program Manager Steve Posilovich said. “So at this point, Leon County is the one school district in the entire state that is in the investigation.”

The Suncoast is completely unaffected by this breach, but with digital platforms being our new normal, Posilovich says we all need to be prepared.

“..something you should expect will happen at some point,” Posilovich said. “at what level, we’re not really sure, but you’d rather be safe than sorry.”

It’s a philosophy manifested in Sarasota Virtual School’s protocol.

“We ask all of our teachers to make sure everything’s encrypted on our end, so that we’re not sharing any student data across email or anything like that,” Posilovich said.

There are things parents and students can do, like routinely updating passwords.

The Sarasota Virtual staff tries to take care of the rest.

“FLVS is one of our four vendors that we use, and in all the contracts we have confidentiality clauses to make sure the student data is treated with the utmost level of security and caution,” Posilovich said. “At this time Sarasota County is 100% secure, in terms of our virtual school.”

For more information on virtual courses, visit sarasotavirtual.com

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Hallie Peilet
Hallie Peilet is an Indiana University graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism, and a minor in music. She has had experience in several media outlets. Previously, she interned for WCIU-TV in Chicago, learning about production and live reporting. During her senior year at IU, she worked as a reporter and anchor for her campus news station, and as a multimedia journalist for WTIU/WFIU, the PBS/NPR affiliate in Bloomington. She grew up just outside of Chicago in Munster, Indiana, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, discovering new music, and watching Chicago sports. If you have an idea for a story, e-mail her at hallie.peilet@snntv.com.