Update on cybersecurity threat

on September 10, 2019

The district network and systems remain offline since a cybersecurity threat was detected on Tuesday, September 3. The school district continues to work with a cybersecurity consultant to help facilitate the investigation and recovery process. As of now, there is no evidence that district data was compromised. Fortunately, the school district has been taking proactive measures for the past three years in case an incident such as this occurred. Because of these measures, we were able to maintain our phone systems and access the back up of our student data within 24 hours.

While the investigation and recovery process continue, we are working to reinstate district systems as quickly as possible. The 24-hour delay in school opening allowed us to access student information and make hard copies of schedules in preparation for the first day of school. Currently school buildings are functioning with Chromebooks connected with WiFi hotspots. Each day our team makes progress and we take one step closer to returning to our regular school routine.

We cannot thank our staff, students and families enough for your understanding and patience. This is clearly not the way we envisioned the start of the school year, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a nurturing, positive educational experience for all students. Please reach out to your building principal if you have any questions related to your child’s experience in the school buildings. If you have additional questions related to cybersecurity, please email communications@mw.k12.ny.us.