OGDEN -- Top of Utah residents have a chance to get questions answered and receive one-on-one help in the aftermath of a Medicaid data breach that affected one in every six Utahns.
In March, approximately 780,000 Utahns had their personal information stolen by hackers who broke into a poorly protected Utah Medicaid server.
Hackers stole the Social Security numbers of about 280,000 people, as well as less-sensitive information from an additional 500,000 people.
In response to the breach, the Utah Department of Health has scheduled a Data Breach Solution Center tour, a series of workshops throughout the state designed to provide personal help and information about the breach and how people can protect themselves.
UDOH will hold three open house workshops in the Northern Utah region next week:
* Tuesday at Bear River Health Department, Environmental Health Building, 85 E. 1800 North, Logan.
* Wednesday at the Marshall White Community Center, 222 28th St., Ogden.
* Thursday at the North Davis Senior Activity Center, 42 S. State St., Clearfield.
All of the workshops will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Utah's Data Security Ombudsman Sheila Walsh-McDonald, and her staff will attend the workshops to provide individual case management.
"We understand how upsetting the news of the data breach was for Utahns," said Walsh-McDonald, who was appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert in response to the breach. "We want to make sure we've done everything we can to reach out to those who were affected by the breach and offer them a high level of assistance."
UDOH Public Information Officer Tom Hudachko said that in addition to the workshops, the state has taken several steps to protect victims of the breach, including offering free credit monitoring for victims and creating a 24-hour hotline and website with information on how to protect credit, as well as direct access to the data security ombudsman.
The UDOH and the Department of Technology Services have completed internal reviews of data security policies, analyzed all state servers and conducted vulnerability assessments on them, and increased employee training, Hudachko said.
A pair of independent firms also have been hired to conduct investigations into the data breach and the state's response.