Cyber attack on NSW Department of Education

Thursday, 08 July, 2021

Cyber attack on NSW Department of Education

The NSW Department of Education has been a victim of a cybersecurity attack.

In response, a number of internal systems have been deactivated by the department as a precaution and have been unavailable since late Wednesday.

NSW Education Secretary Georgina Harrisson said the department’s priority is the safety and security of its student and staff data, and it has therefore made the precautionary decision to take some systems offline while it investigates further.

“The timing of this creates considerable challenges for staff as we prepare for the start of Term 3,” Harrisson said.

“Thankfully, our teams have been able to isolate the issues and we are working to reactivate services as soon as possible.”

Department of Education and Cyber Security NSW teams are working to ensure normal access is restored in time for the start of Term 3.

“I am confident we will have the issue resolved soon and want to reassure teachers and parents that there will be no impact on students learning from home next week,” Harrisson said.

“Whilst we are confident all systems will be back online before Day 1, Term 3, we are making information to support home learning available on our public website so that preparations for the start of term can continue.”

The department is also working closely with Cyber Security NSW to resolve the issue, and the matter has been referred to the NSW Police and federal agencies.

As the matter is under investigation, the department has advised it will not be making any further comment.

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