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Tampa Airport Conducting Audit After Security Breach

Officials at Tampa International Airport learned one of their IT consultants shared his user name and password with nearly two dozen people in countries around the world.

Heads have rolled in Tampa International Airport's information technology division and the airport is conducting audits to make sure their system is secure.

What was to be an early summer audit was moved up after airport officials learned one of their IT consultants -- who was working to improve the airport's business intelligence system late last year -- shared his user name and password with people in countries around the world, said Michael Stephens, the airport’s attorney.

However, Stephens said, the airport's system that exchanges information, such as identities of those on the "no fly list," with the Transportation Security Administration was never in jeopardy. 

“At no time during the course of this investigation or as a result of any of the audits or reports that we received was that information in danger, at risk or shared,” Stephens said.

The airport’s staff is being vigilant to ensure traveler safety, Stephens said.

“If there are gaps, we try to make sure we fix those gaps, and we are continuously trying to improve our process," he said.  

The outside security firm the airport hired to investigate the matter provided no evidence of a data breach, said the airport’s CEO Joe Lopano.  

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