SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago Public Library officials are seeking more data from the private sector to improve security measures, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The spokeswoman, Sarah Smith, said the library’s security team would submit its findings to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the next few weeks.
She said the city has not seen the report, but that a review would look into the security of the library and its network.
In the meantime, Smith said, the library is doing its part.
“The library is committed to protecting the information it has,” Smith said.
Last month, the city’s top privacy officer, Michael E. Piazza, said Chicago had lost a significant amount of its data to hackers, citing data breaches that have exposed sensitive data.
Smith said the OIG will ask Chicago Public to make any improvements in security, including data retention.
She said the Library’s security teams are looking at how data is stored and shared, as well as cybercrime prevention strategies.
Since March of last year, Chicago Public has reported 3,500 security incidents to the OIR, including a breach of its database of personal information.
The library has also experienced a cyberattack, where a hacker gained access to a private database of data that includes names, Social Security numbers, addresses and emails.