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San Diego Unified Suffers ‘Cybersecurity Incident’ Friday

SAN DIEGO, CA — The workplaces of San Diego Unified School District have skilled a computer-network safety breach, SDUSD officers disclosed this week.

District Superintendent Lamont Jackson on Thursday despatched a letter to his employees and households of scholars attending SDUSD campuses to apprise them of what he described as a “cybersecurity incident.”

“After learning of this incident, we acted swiftly to take steps to secure our network, to launch an investigation and to prevent any disruptions to (information technology) operations,” Jackson wrote. “We also notified law enforcement and engaged cybersecurity professionals to assist.”

Though SDUSD officers didn’t reveal if the breach might have resulted within the misappropriation of any delicate knowledge or concerned any ransom calls for, Jackson said that each one the district’s “critical systems continue to be operational, and the incident has not impacted the safety and emergency mechanisms in place at schools and offices.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have changed all passwords for staff, and we will continue the process to change passwords for student accounts as a measure to continue strengthening our IT system,” the superintendent asserted. “In the coming days, our school staff will work on providing new passwords for students on a schedule prepared by the district.”

SDUSD officers “will provide an additional update once our investigation is complete,” Jackson wrote.

“We want our students and the San Diego Unified community to know that we place a high value on maintaining the integrity and security of the data we hold in our systems and (that) we are working diligently to complete our investigation of the incident,” he said.

City News Service, Patch Staffer Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.

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