Texas Professional Educators Association Confirms Data Breach


Association of Texas Professional Educators Data Breach Incident and Response

The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is facing a major data breach incident that has put more than 414,000 of its members at risk. The largest community of educators in Texas detected suspicious activity on its network on February 12, 2024, prompting a thorough investigation with the help of a cybersecurity firm.

The investigation revealed that unauthorized access had been gained to some of ATPE’s systems, potentially compromising sensitive personal information of its members. For those who joined before May 15, 2021, names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and even medical records may have been exposed. Additionally, financial account information could have been accessed for members who received payments via ACH transactions.

In response to the breach, ATPE has taken steps to secure its systems, including disconnecting network access, changing administrative credentials, and implementing enhanced security measures. The organization is also offering affected members free credit monitoring and identity protection services for one year through Cyberscout.

While there is no evidence of misuse of the compromised information, ATPE is urging members to remain vigilant for signs of identity theft or fraud. The association has expressed regret over the incident and is committed to safeguarding its members’ personal information.

Law firm Federman & Sherwood has announced a separate investigation into the data breach, ensuring accountability and transparency in handling the situation. ATPE members are advised to activate the free credit monitoring services and take necessary precautions to protect their personal information.

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