RPS 205 done with evidence collection, investigation into ransomware, now move to recovery

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Public School district 205 says they’re making progress in dealing with a district wide ransomware attack.

The school district posted an update on Facebook on Wednesday. The school district says they have people working around the clock to restore service as quickly as possible.

RPS says they’re at the end of their evidence collection, investigation and analysis plan. The school district is now working to recover their systems and data.

They say the goal is twofold:

  1. Get everything up and running by the end of next week, and
  2. Ensure that all systems return online in a safe and secure environment.

The school district expects people to work over the weekend.

The number one priority for the school district is the safety of the students and staff, according to the school district.

Superintendet Ehren Jarrett did say that back on Aug. 13th, the school board approved a $44,000 payment to switch companies involving their email archives.

This switch was made because of a ransomware attack back in July.

Jarrett says no money was attached to that attack.

Last Friday, the district announced computer systems and some phone lines were down. On Monday, school officials confirmed it was a result of a ransomware attack, and that the outage would last in to this week and for at least several days.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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