Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (“ACEN”) regarding its recent data breach. The ACEN data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to over 11,900 individuals.


ACEN is a nursing education accreditor located in Atlanta, Georgia. As an accreditation commission, ACEN provides the criteria for nursing educational programs to build their curriculum to meet the standards required to prepare future nurses. Founded in 1997, ACEN began as the only agency providing accreditation processes for nursing programs. Today, ACEN continues to provide the same services with innovations like virtual accreditation conferences and online courses for nursing students.


On March 9, 2023, ACEN discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, ACEN determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information and acquired files through ACEN’s managed file transfer server between February 6 and February 27, 2023. On July 12, 2023, ACEN began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

If you received a breach notification letter from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by the ACEN data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review any breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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