BY SARRA SUNDSTROM
Handshake, the university’s job search platform, experienced a security incident last week that directly affected over 8,000 students and alumni.
On Feb. 13, a number of students received a security alert from the university’s Career Center that an unknown party posing as a company on Handshake accessed student resumes. Resumes of 4,003 students and 4,026 alumni that were public on the website were downloaded by the unauthorized party according to Nathan Elton, director of the Career Center.
“We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn that a public resume download of this magnitude was possible within Handshake’s system, and incredibly sorry for any impact it would have on our students and alumni,” Elton stated in an email.
Resumes frequently include personally identifiable information such as full names, home addresses, phone numbers, educational credentials and past work history.
Elton noted that the default setting for resumes uploaded to Handshake is set to private,