The employee, who is no longer working for CDOT, had access to a database for several hundred disadvantaged and emerging small businesses. The database for Emerging Small Business (ESB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms contained confidential information — including tax returns.
“We believe that there is a data breach on the database itself where an employee accessed information and may be using that and selling that information externally,” CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said.
The businesses potentially affected by the data breach submitted information to CDOT in order to qualify for ESB and DBE programs, Ford said. The programs are designed to give small, disadvantaged businesses an opportunity to contract with CDOT on construction, professional service, research and more.
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See letter send by CDOT to affected contractors at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/311660836/Letter-about-CDOT-data-breach