The Cambridge Institute of International Education is a Boston-based educational consulting firm that increases international participation in American private high schools and strengthens the ability of those institutions to educate international students. Founded in 2009, Cambridge now partners with over 200 private high schools, public high schools, colleges and universities served by eight offices in the U.S., China and South Korea. Since fall 2010, Cambridge has generated over $110 million in tuition alone for its partner schools and has established itself as a leader in developing sustainable international student programs.
The Cambridge Institute offers comprehensive consulting services to private high schools, including market entry assistance, student recruitment services, strategic brand management, cultural competency resources, academic support and professional, year-round program management. Since 2011, Cambridge has proudly offered comprehensive residential solutions through its sister company, gphomestay.
UPDATE REGARDING POTENTIAL SECURITY RISK
Cambridge Network, October 28, 2016
On June 6, 2016, the Cambridge Institute of International Education, part of The Cambridge Network, reported that we had learned that certain data on one of our servers was potentially accessible by unauthorized third parties.
Since that time, we have conducted an extensive investigation into the incident, including engaging a third party forensic investigator. At the conclusion of this investigation, it was determined that a limited number of individuals had statutorily-protected information stored on the compromised server. However, forensic analysis found no evidence of any attempted or actual fraudulent misuse of this information.
As a result of this incident, we have worked internally and with the third party forensic investigator to take steps to tighten network security and increase safeguards to better monitor for vulnerabilities and to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident occurring in the future. In an abundance of caution, and despite the lack of evidence of any fraudulent misuse of this information, we contacted all affected individuals to notify them of this incident.
Should there be any additional developments related to this incident, we will provide updates on this page.
Cambridge learns of potential security risk, takes action
Cambridge Network, June 6, 2016
The Cambridge Institute of International Education, part of The Cambridge Network, recently learned that certain data on one of our servers was unsecured to outside cyber-attacks and was subjected to breach. The server at issue was created for a special reporting project outside of our normal development cycle. As soon as we learned about the exposure, we immediately shut down the database. As a further protective measure, we changed all passwords on all servers, and changed all ports. At this time, the company is undergoing a thorough investigation of server activity. We are aware that some personally identifiable information was exposed.
Contrary to media reports alleging that records of over half a million international students were contained on the database, we can affirm that the exact number of students is just below 9,000.
We place paramount importance on our students and partners’ privacy. As a result of the notification of the exposure, we are reassessing all of our data security policies and procedures, and will take all necessary steps to elevate security controls to protect any personal identifiable information. In the meantime, as we learn more, we will continue to provide updates on this page. The company will personally notify those individuals affected after our thorough investigation is completed.