Officials: Data breach hits Daytona State College staff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A data breach at Daytona State College could have exposed the personal information of hundreds of state employees, the school said.

School officials said it's possible that both current and former employees could be affected by the breach, but they didn’t specify how many people were impacted. However, Channel 9 did find out the college has close to 1,000 employees.

The breach involved employees’ 2016 W-2 forms, the college said.

Officials said they launched an investigation Feb. 19 after they were notified about the incident.

School officials said they will notify employees if they think their personal information might have been compromised.

Some employees told Channel 9's Mike Springer that the school offered them a year free of charge identity protection services if they were concerned.

Others said they won't worry about what could happen until they know for sure their information was compromised.

"(I) feel confident in where we work that they will take care of the problem," said Randy LaGrotta, a maintenance specialist at Daytona State College.

The college alerted the IRS and the Daytona Beach Police Department to the incident.

The school is offering data protection services to any employee who seeks it, officials said.

It's unclear how the breach happened.

The school said in a statement, in part, "The security of our employees' information is very important to Daytona State College. We are investigating a potential security incident and have informed all employees."