The LA Unified School District is navigating a ransomware attack on its it systems. The cyberattack originated over Labor Day weekend, starting on September 3rd, though it hasn’t disrupted school operations and classes are scheduled as usual. The district says in-school safety and emergency systems weren’t suffering from the attack, nor were employee payroll and healthcare networks.
LAUSD officials already are dealing with the Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to discover the foundation of the attack, and they’ve implemented protocols to safeguard email along with other internal IT applications. The district says that while investigations in to the attack are ongoing, some business operations could be delayed, but transportation, food and Beyond the Bell services will not be affected.
“LA Unified is immediately establishing an idea of action, informed by top public and private sector technology and cyber security professionals, to find out additional protections for the District, also to offer an independent opinion on system-wide precautionary measures,” officials said.
The district says it’ll establish an unbiased it task force that may develop tips for schools within 90 days, reorganize its departments to raised safeguard its IT systems, and establish advisers to oversee cybersecurity guidelines, among other responses. LAUSD officials said they’ll provide updates on the cyberattack as investigations progress, and you could find these on Twitter.
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