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IVCC says security breach audit should be completed by early next week

Contractors hired to unlock IVCC servers

IVCC I.T. director Chris Dunlap (left) talks to college board members and staff on Saturday about "an intruder" locking up the college email and additional servers, affecting interdepartmental communications, email, the college website and student registration. The college is not aware of personal data being compromised or of online instructional programming being hindered.
IVCC I.T. director Chris Dunlap (left) talks to college board members and staff on Saturday about "an intruder" locking up the college email and additional servers, affecting interdepartmental communications, email, the college website and student registration. The college is not aware of personal data being compromised or of online instructional programming being hindered.

Illinois Valley Community College hired consulting firm Rehmann to unlock its servers after a security breach to its network was discovered Friday.

“Step No. 1 is to secure and clear the environment to ensure it is safe to begin to unlock servers,” IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said in a press statement.

Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema said restoring the network – and completing a forensic audit to determine how Friday’s breach occurred – should be completed early next week, if not sooner.

Rehmann, headquartered in Michigan, completed IVCC’s security audit in 2018.  

Another firm, VDA, is working alongside Rehmann to conduct the forensics. IVCC IT Director Chris Dunlap is receiving updates every six hours from Rehmann.

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Technology Consultants will assist Ellucian in restoring Colleague, IVCC’s administrative software system. Roelfsema said IVCC will attempt to move Colleague to the cloud by July 1 to protect the network and prevent a lockdown from happening again.

Monday, the college will be informing the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and FBI of the breach.  

In an emergency meeting Saturday, IVCC’s board authorized administrators to secure a contract with an outside consultant to unlock servers and proceed with the forensic audit.

The problem was discovered early Friday when the email system and website were not functioning. A subsequent IT investigation revealed the network had been compromised and file servers locked by an outside entity.

As of now, the college is unaware of any personally identifiable information having been disseminated.

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