Guard.me International Insurance, Camosun College’s provider of emergency medical insurance for international students, has informed us that an unauthorized third-party illegally accessed their computer network which resulted in a breach of student data.
Guard.me has stated that they do not believe any of the personal information has been misused as a result of this incident and are directly notifying students, “out of an abundance of caution.”
Guard.me is contacting affected Camosun International students directly.
Due to the volume of affected students, it could take time for all students to be notified and this notice is being provided to advise you that notifications are in process.
We recognize how concerning it is for individuals who may have had personal data exposed. Guard.me is offering ID theft protection and monitoring services to everyone impacted.
To activate your identity protection or for any questions or concerns, please contact guard.me directly at 1-888-348-1946 (5am – 5pm PT) or collect at 1-905-752-6207 or email email@example.com. Guard.me’s notification is online at guard.me/customernotice.php.
Cyberattacks are on the rise with increasingly sophisticated methods; here are a few considerations for you to protect your privacy:
- Using the same passphrase/password for multiple systems can put your other accounts at risk. If you use your guard.me passphrase for other websites or services, please change them immediately.
- Remain vigilant, as a standard practice, to the possibility of fraud and identity theft by reviewing your financial statements and accounts regularly for any unauthorized activity. Notify local law enforcement of any suspicious online activity.
- Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to learn how to protect yourself from scams and fraud.
- Visit getcybersafe.ca to learn about cyber security and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself online.
Guard.me is the largest provider of health insurance coverage to the international education market in Canada. They have assured us that they are working diligently and are committed to helping any of our current/former Camosun College students mitigate potential risks from this data breach.