First State Bank announced last week that it recently identified and addressed a data security incident.  According to a posting on its website, First State concluded its investigation on December 9 of a data security incident in which an unauthorized party accessed certain systems within First State Bank’s computer network.

"Upon discovering this incident, First State Bank immediately secured its systems and launched an investigation with the assistance of a computer forensics firm," the posting states. "Through this investigation, First State Bank determined that the unauthorized access occurred between November 2 and November 9, 2020."

The bank determined that certain files on its computer network may have been accessed by the unauthorized party. Those files contained the names, Social Security numbers, and/or financial account numbers of some customers and their beneficiaries. As of this date, First State is not aware of the misuse of any of the information maintained on its computer network.

"First State Bank takes data security very seriously and understands the importance of protecting the information it maintains," said Holm ‘Cuatro’ Bursum IV, the President and Chief Operating Officer at First State Bank in a statement. "We have worked to address this issue and regret any inconvenience this may cause to our valued customers." 

To help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future, First State Bank has implemented additional data security measures, such as installing new endpoint security monitoring software and providing employees with enhanced cybersecurity awareness training.

In addition, First State encourages its customers to remain vigilant by reviewing their financial account statements for any unauthorized activity.

As a precaution, First State Bank is offering complimentary credit monitoring to those individuals potentially affected by this incident. To enroll in credit monitoring, contact First State Bank at 575-835-1550.