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County officials: Possible data 'incident' impacting county employees personal information

Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 18:06:55-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to Kern County Director of Communications Megan Person, this week a possible security incident took place that may have compromised county workers personal information.

This is pending investigation and county workers have been notified.

According to Megan Person, Director of Countywide Communications, "There are approximately 8,000 employees in the County. There are 5,496 employees (including the Kern Medical staff) on the Legacy Health plans. Total lives on the Legacy Health plans is 15,298."

County officials said a third party is responsible for the possible security incident.

On Tuesday morning, the Kern County Administrative Office sent out the following email to employees:

"We have been notified by one of our third-party administrators of our Health Benefits plan of a possible data security incident. The investigation is currently underway by the third-party vendor and we anticipate knowing more in the coming days. If it is determined that data was compromised we will notify all the affected employees and provide credit monitoring services. The security of our plan participants and their information is our primary concern and we remain vigilant in monitoring the situation. We want to ensure our employees and our constituents this did NOT affect our County networks and systems. It’s a reminder that all of us should be cautious and take extra measures when it comes to our online security. "

This is a developing story and 23ABC News will bring you the very latest as soon as we learn more.