Virtual event

virtual event to help families with disabilities stay safe online | Community

Following a recent data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 5,000 Oklahomans on the developmental disabilities waiting list to receive waiver services, SOAR Partners is hosting a virtual event to help families stay safe online. It will be held this Thursday, May 19, at 1 p.m.

“Families need to understand that there are many ways a data breach can affect them and their loved ones,” said Greg Arend, CEO of SOAR Partners.

“Based on how these things often work, it may be many years before we understand the full weight of how this will affect families. This webinar aims to give families a path forward, concrete actions they can take now, and a guide on how they can respond if they were to be affected in the future.

The webinar will feature a panel discussion featuring trusted experts from the law firm GableGotwals, the University of Tulsa, and Vast Bank to discuss what families and caregivers of Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities can do to protect themselves and those they care for.

Oklahomans on the waiting list were notified in early March of a Dec. 7 data breach involving personal information and Social Security numbers managed by Liberty of Oklahoma, the company contracted by the Department of Human Services to perform evaluations of people on the waiting list. .

Liberty offers families a free year of Experian credit monitoring. The deadline for Exposed Individuals to register for services is June 30, 2022.

“It’s a great first step to gaining some control over the situation,” Arend said.

“I encourage all families to join our webinar to learn more about steps that can be taken to monitor their safety and take action if and when they are affected.”

Note: Ellyn Hefner is the Democratic candidate for Oklahoma House District 87. She wrote frequent commentaries and articles for The Oklahoma City Sentinel during the last years.