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IT Security Project:  Protecting the Identities of YBGR Kids

William A. (Bill) Hritsco

Dear Friend:

“YBGR kids often don’t start out life with much, but with your help, we can make sure that when they leave the Ranch, their identity is still their own.”
– Mike Chavers, YBGR CEO

Every day it seems there is another story about data breaches:  Equifax, Capital One, Facebook. The list goes on and on. When data is stolen, children in particular are at risk because they are a clean slate for identity thieves. 

According to Javelin Strategy & Research, of all those whose data has been compromised, children are twice as likely as adults to become the victims of identity theft, and the problem is only growing.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

“Identity theft isn’t limited to adults; children also make tempting targets for criminals looking to steal personal information, even here in Montana. This sort of data breach can go undetected for years and cause damage that is hard to overcome. The best strategy is to prevent our children’s identities from being compromised in the first place.” – Attorney General Tim Fox

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch strives to provide hope and healing to troubled children.  All who receive services through YBGR have been diagnosed as severely emotionally disturbed, and many are dealing with additional disorders as well.  YBGR serves approximately 650 children each day through:

 – Psychiatric Residential Treatment – Currently 70 children between the ages of 11-18 call the Ranch home and receive services on the 410-acre campus west of Billings that is also a working ranch.

– Special Education Services
– All 70 YBGR residents go to school at Yellowstone Academy, a fully accredited K-12 school located on YBGR’s campus.  In addition, 65 special needs students are bused in from the surrounding area to receive a higher level of care during their school day.

– Community Based Services
– YBGR staff meet with children and their families in area schools, homes, and communities to provide a wide array of services. CBS serves approximately 515 youth each day.

In order to provide the highest level of care, both medical and case management records must be readily available to staff electronically, which creates a higher risk factor for theft.
To significantly mitigate the risk, the YBGR Foundation is seeking to raise $50,000 through our 2019 fall campaign to purchase IT equipment that has a Trusted Platform Module chip and a Secure Boot to best protect the identity and medical records of youth served by the Ranch.

With a price tag that is considerably above the Ranch’s annual IT budget for gradual turnover and replacement of hardware, we are asking for your help to expedite the process and protect these children now.

We hope you will strongly consider a donation to help protect these vulnerable children so that when they leave the Ranch, they truly have a fresh start with their identity still their own.

For the kids,

Bill Hritsco, President