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Imperial Valley College Has Been Impacted Due to Ransomware

-Editorial 

The college’s Information Technology Department and hired cybersecurity consultants have been working diligently since Thursday, August 6, 2020, to restore programs and files that have been affected on campus.

At this time, the college is working on gathering and processing as much information as possible to better assess what systems and files have been affected. According to Dr. Martha Garcia, IVC Superintendent, and President, “We are following recommended precautions and protocols to fix the problem and will alert our students, campus and the external community when all systems are back online.”

The college computer system was shut down as a precaution midmorning Thursday, August 6, 2020, when ransomware was detected, this includes key campus systems to remain offline, in addition, the telephone communications system is down and is unable to receive and make phone calls at this time. Jeffrey Enz, Chief Technology Officer for the college, said the college’s entire system was taken offline as a precaution to isolate and prevent the spread of the virus.

This has affected all students on campus as key student information systems continue to remain offline. We have an estimated Fall Enrollment of about 7,000 students.

At this time, the semester is scheduled to ‪start on August 17th, 2020.  However, they are considering delaying the start date of some courses based on the individual needs of the class and faculty recommendations.

“Regarding information that has been impacted, that is still under investigation. If it is determined that personally identifiable information is involved, we will be notifying the affected individuals as well as the proper authorities.” the press release said.

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