Education Sector

MS: George County School District hit by cybersecurity attack

Brandon Raines reports: George County Schools are the latest to be hit by a cybersecurity attack. The George County School District identified suspicious activity that disrupted their computer systems on June 8. Officials imminently contacted cybersecurity experts to conduct an independent investigation to fix any problems and determine if any information had been accessed...

MA: UMass Lowell closed due to cybersecurity incident

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) has suffered a cybersecurity breach that has caused school closures for the past two days. The incident was first announced on June 15 as an “IT outage:” 6/15/2021 8:25 AM EDT UMass Lowell, including the Haverhill campus, is closed on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 due to an...

NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School District Audit of East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District – Information Technology (Onondaga County and Madison County)

Summary: Audit Objective Determine whether East Syracuse Minoa Central School District (District) officials established adequate information technology (IT) controls to ensure employees’ personal, private and sensitive information (PPSI) on the financial server was adequately protected from unauthorized access, use and loss. Key Findings District officials did not adequately apply established IT controls to ensure...

Update on Union Community School District ransomware incident

On June 1, DataBreaches.net reported that DoppelPaymer threat actors had apparently attacked Union Community School District in Iowa and exfiltrated data about employees and students. Neither the district’s superintendent  nor any board of education members had responded to this site’s inquiries about whether there had been any public disclosure of the breach that occurred...

Cost of ransomware attack on Baltimore County public schools climbs to $7.7M

Lillian Reed reports: Baltimore County school officials estimate the ransomware attack in November will cost the system at least $7.7 million, nearing what Baltimore City spent following a similar attack in 2019. The estimated costs cover a wide range of programs, services, trainings and licenses that helped Maryland’s third-largest school system respond to and...