Buffalo Public Schools serves approximately 34,000 students in Buffalo, New York, the second largest city in the state. It is located in Erie County of western New York and operates nearly 70 facilities, Wikipedia says.
All classes -- remote and on-site -- were cancelled for March 15 and 16, 2021, so that the school district can stress-test various recovery steps and associated applications. Distance learning is scheduled to resume March 17, 2021.
Among those assisting the recovery effort: GreyCastle Security of Troy, New York. The cybersecurity consulting firm provides risk assessment, compliance, awareness, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing and incident response services to businesses throughout North America, the company says.
Buffalo Public Schools: Ransomware Attack Details, Recovery Efforts
Attack Day: The Buffalo Public Schools experienced a cybersecurity attack on March 12, 2021. The IT staff responded and began to bring systems offline as an urgent precautionary measure.
School District Recovery: The district is "making headway in restoring critical systems that support the primary function of teaching and learning. We have also prioritized the recovery of any affected business operation systems. The district will implement a longer term comprehensive initiative to enhance IT security and infrastructure going forward."
Classes Cancelled: Students will remain at home and will not receive in person or remote instruction on March 15. Instead, the district will use the day to "pressure test system restoration and access as well as communicate any new or required information for students to access virtual learning tools once instruction resumes." (Update: All in-person and remote classes were also cancelled March 16, but remote learning is scheduled to resume March 17 -- Ed.)
Personally Identifiable Information: The district is still investigating whether PII data was compromised as part of the attack.
Clark County School District (CCSD): Cybercriminals used ransomware to trigger a data breach involving Social Security numbers, student information and other private information from CCSD in Las Vegas, Nevada.