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CDHE Cybersecurity Incident May Affect Current and Former Aims Students

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) recently announced it was a victim of a cybersecurity incident that resulted in the unauthorized copying of personal information stored in its network systems. Those affiliated with Aims Community College, including current and former students, may be affected by this incident as Aims, along with all other public institutions of higher education in Colorado, is required to share certain student data with CDHE.

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CDHE confirmed that the personal information involved includes names, social security numbers, student identification numbers, as well as other educational records. While the investigation is ongoing, CDHE has indicated that those who may be impacted by this incident include those who:

  • Attended a public institution of higher education in Colorado between 2007-2020
  • Attended a Colorado public high school between 2004-2020
  • Individuals with a Colorado K-12 public school educator license between 2010-2014
  • Participated in the Dependent Tuition Assistance Program from 2009-2013
  • Participated in Colorado Department of Education’s Adult Education Initiatives programs between 2013-2017
  • Obtained a GED between 2007-2011

Aims will keep the college community informed as new details emerge throughout the course of the investigation. If you suspect you were affected by this incident, you are encouraged to use the resources on CDHE’s website to protect your personal information. CDHE has also set up a designated questions hotline at (833) 301-1346 available Monday–Friday from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Mountain Time, and Saturday–Sunday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mountain Time (excluding U.S. holidays).