Pearson Clinical Assessment Security Data Breach

We are contacting you because you are a former AIMS web 1.0 customer and we have discovered that student and account administrator data stored in Pearson’s AIMS web 1.0 platform was affected by a data security incident.  The student data affected is limited to directory information, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including first and last name, and in some instances, date of birth and email address.  The account administrator data affected may include first and last name, job title, work email and work address.  While we do not have any evidence that this information has been misused, we wanted to bring this to your attention as a precaution.

WHAT HAPPENED:
In mid-March of 2019, we became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to a set of data related to the AIMS web 1.0 platform.  We immediately launched a review, which included outside cyber security experts, to determine the nature and extent of any data potentially affected.  Pearson is also working with law enforcement.  Through our review, we believe this incident occurred in or around November 2018.

WHAT DATA WAS AFFECTED:
The student data affected includes student first and last name, and in some instances, date of birth and email address.  The account administrator data affected may include first and last name, job title, work email and work address stored in the AIMS web 1.0 platform.  No grade or assessment information was affected in this incident, and the AIMS web 1.0 platform does not contain Social Security numbers, credit card data, or other financial information.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:
Pearson takes its obligation to safeguard personal information very seriously.  After discovering this issue, we took prompt action to secure the AIMS web 1.0 platform.  We also have determined that no other Pearson systems were affected by this incident.  As a result of the incident, we are undergoing a review to determine additional steps we can take to further enhance the safety and security of your students’ and account administrator’s personal information and our systems, to help prevent recurrences of incidents such as this one.

While we do not have any evidence that any information has been misused, we are providing you the option to enroll in a complimentary one-year membership in Experian’s® IdentityWorksSM. This product provides you with superior identity detection and resolution of identity theft. 

This is a precautionary measure for those affected individuals of a recent data security incident relating to Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 platform. 

If you are one of those affected individuals or represent an affected minor and choose to redeem this offer, you may activate your membership and start monitoring your or your minor’s personal information by following the steps below:

  • Ensure that you enroll by: January 31, 2020 (Your code will not work after this date.)
  • Visit the Experian IdentityWorks website to enroll and provide your activation code:   
  • If you are enrolling for an Adult: https://www.experianidworks.com/credit
  • Provide your activation code:  PF7N9N97G
  • If you are enrolling for a minor: https://www.experianidworks.com/minorplus
  • Provide your activation code:  4GCYX5C69
  • If you are redeeming this for a minor, provide your minor’s information when prompted

 

 You will be covered for up to 12 months.

 

If you have questions about the product please contact Experian’s customer care team at 866-883-3309 by January 31, 2020.  Be prepared to provide engagement number DB12466 as proof of eligibility for the identity restoration services by Experian.