Update on Eastern Michigan University March 2011 data breach: Former student arraigned

by Geoff Larcom, Published October 25, 2011

One of the former students involved in the data breach that Eastern Michigan University initially uncovered in March was arraigned today (October 25). 

The former student, Keonte Manning, was charged with eight felony counts, including two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, two counts of identity theft, two counts of obtaining personal identifying information in order to commit identity theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit identify theft.

Manning was arraigned and released on a personal recognizance bond. A preliminary exam has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 1 at 1 p.m. at the 14th District Court.

A warrant has been issued for a second former student employee in the case.

Following the discovery of the breach, Eastern engaged an internal auditor to issue recommendations on how to prevent such incidents in the future.

Among the implemented recommendations:

- A clean desk policy is being enforced in key areas to ensure secure storage and maintenance of hard copy documents.

- Both the financial aid and admissions departments have instituted policies prohibiting unsupervised student employees access to critical storage areas. Only full-time University employees can retrieve needed files from these areas.

- Reconfiguration of some office spaces and moving of items so as to ensure supervision of students performing critical functions such as scanning.

- Supervisors have instituted a policy of spot checking student workers to ensure only appropriate activity is occurring.

- A student work area has been reconfigured to be in full view of full-time financial aid advisers.


Geoff Larcom



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