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In May 2022, an unauthorised third party gained access to a cloud-based client management system from software and analytics supplier CTARS Pty Ltd (CTARS), used by some NDIS providers. The security breach exposed information, including personal details of NDIS participants.
Following the incident, the NDIS Commission initiated a compliance review to assess impacted providers' response against their obligations for managing information and participant privacy. We also published a Provider Alert with information for providers about preventing and managing data breaches.
Response from Griffith Post School Options
Additionally, the provider: established a team responsible for assessing, reviewing and handling future data breaches; reviewed and updated their IT security measures, including introducing a more robust file backup system and two-factor authentication for some systems; and, arranged cyber-security training for their staff.
Griffith Post School Options also individually notified impacted NDIS participants of their breach, using their preferred communication method. This notification included the public statement issued by CTARS on the breach, the types of information and details which may have been exposed, actions they were taking in response, and contact details for further enquiries. When asked, Griffith Post School Options helped participants understand what information is stored in their CTARS profile and provided a printout of the information.
Griffith Post School Options also posted a news article on their website, as an additional communication.
Finally, Griffith Post School Options maintained regular communication with CTARS, to stay up to date on the breach, and arranged a face-to-face visit to review the functions and security of the CTARS system.
The provider delivered a well-considered approach including:
- ensuring strong communications, to keep themselves and participants informed
- taking the opportunity to learn from the experience and strengthen their information management approach.
Our compliance activity in relation to NDIS providers’ response to the CTARS data breach is ongoing. Providers are encouraged to refer to our Provider Alert for information about your obligations and other available resources to support this important area of service provision.