Tech Bulletin: Verificient Announces Data Breach
As you may have heard in the media, Verificient, the makers of the online exam proctoring software known as Proctortrack, has announced that they have experienced a cybersecurity breach. In their communication, the security team at Verificient asserted that “no bio-metric data, videos, images or any recorded data have been affected or exposed.” Verificient additionally asserted that they have taken the necessary measures to contain the incident and will continue with the incident review.
As a member university of eCampusOntario, Trent was among several universities that piloted the Proctortrack software this past summer. Only four Trent courses involving a small number of students were involved in the Proctortrack pilot. Should we determine that information about Trent faculty or students that participated in the pilot was compromised in any way, we will reach out to those affected. As a precaution in the meantime, IT will be in touch directly by tomorrow with all faculty and students who participated in the pilot to advise them of the situation.
While our intent was to use the software this fall in a small number of courses, we have made the decision to suspend our intended use of the Proctortrack platform pending our investigation.
Associate Vice President, IT
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Posted on October 16, 2020