Department of Education and Training beefs up online security after information hack

Education Minister Kate Jones yesterday confirmed security had been upgraded in the wake of the scandal, which resulted in the details of Queensland students being illegally obtained as well as online forms submitted to the TAFE website.

“DET has added additional monitoring and security elements and continues to work with its IT security partners to assure the security of its network,” said Ms Jones, who will next week fly to China as Tourism Minister.

State Government chief information officer Andrew Mills said protective measures were “immediately enacted” and his office was overseeing the work.

It came as Opposition education spokesman Tim Mander yesterday raised questions about the future security of the Department of Education website.

“Can people make complaints through the Department of Education website? Is the information they are putting in secure?” he asked.

He further questioned the capacity of government systems to deal with cyber hackers.

“This is the second major IT bungle in the last six months … so we have to question if there is a systemic issue with the Education Department’s computer systems and do they have the appropriate expertise internally to ensure the security of information,” Mr Mander said.

P&Cs Queensland president Kevan Goodworth said the matter needed to be handled urgently.

“I would be encouraging parents to be working with their school principal and administration where this may have occurred to see if there’s anything the parents can do to mitigate any of this happening again,” he said.

Of the more than 600 cases of Queensland student information being accessed, 16 involved “sensitive” personal records.

The Courier-Mail revealed this week that the hacker had sent a ransom note demanding more than $10,000 almost two weeks ago.


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