IVCC Continues Investigation Into Cyber Breach

Illinois Valley Community College is continuing it’s investigation into a computer breach.  The college released a press release Friday night saying its computer system was compromised by an outside source.  During an emergency special meeting Saturday morning, the college board authorized the administration to hire an outside consultant to “unlock” its computer servers and proceed with a forensic audit to determine how the breach occurred.
 
President Jerry Corcoran says the college is planning to work with the same firm that conducted IVCC’s security audit in June 2018.  According to Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema, restoring the network and completing the forensic audit could take 9 to 10 days. 
 
Corcoran says the problem was discovered early Friday when the college’s email system and website were not functioning.  IT director Chris Dunlap says an investigation revealed the network “had been compromised” and their “file servers had been locked by an outside entity.”
 
IVCC is unaware of any personally identifiable information having been disseminated. Even so, the college recommends anyone concerned about their information security should deal with the matter as they deem appropriate.  Public updates will be provided as they become available.

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