Students in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District were expecting to head back to school today, but a ransomware attack forced officials to push back the first day of school.
The district's superintendent, Elsie Rodriguez, was forced to send out an email to parents Tuesday night, claiming to have experienced a cyber security threat that impacted the district's operations. The school will instead host an unplanned "Superintendent's Conference Day" today which will allow them to transition smoothly into the new school year.
In an email sent to parents, Rodriguez claims, "We recognize that for our families this unexpected schedule change may be difficult. The safety and security of our students is always our first priority and we believe this extra time will allow us to better prepare for a smooth first day for our students and staff."
The district is still investigating the full extent of this attack and as such, it's currently unknown how long it will take to restore what was affected by the attack. The district's computer systems are currently shutdown while they work to get everything back up and running again, but nevertheless, the district will be welcoming students back to school tomorrow, Thursday, September 5.
It has been noted that the district's data is backed up on and off-site on a daily basis, giving the district the assurance they need to know that their data has not been misplaced. In addition to regular backups, NNT suggests implementing Closed-Loop Intelligent Change Control in order to spot potentially harmful changes happening in your IT environment, from insider threats and harmless user errors to potentially devastating malware and ransomware.