STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on UCLA Data Breach

07-17-15

(Sacramento) - U.C. Regent and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the reported data breach at UCLA Health, which may have impacted up to 4.5 million people:

"This criminal attack on UCLA's computer network is a long overdue wake-up call for California's public sector and its understanding of security in the digital age.

"2014 saw a record number of medical data breaches; the threat stretches far beyond UCLA. Beyond government firewalls lie sophisticated criminals who increasingly recognize the public sector's vulnerability.

"California is home to the nation's greatest public university system, and innovation is built into our DNA. This failure presents an opportunity for - in fact, demands - the U.C. to be California's leader in developing practices and technologies for the public sector that are not just equal to the times, but ahead of them.

"I will work with the U.C. to drive this forward by bringing together the expertise of California's world-leading tech industries and its public universities."

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris earlier issued a consumer alert and individuals who believe they may have been impacted can contact UCLA at 877-534-5972 or visit http://www.myidcare.com/uclaprotection for more information.

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