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SLU Makes Progress Restoring Systems, Still Investigating

The university is still working on network outages after shutting down its systems in late February in response to a security incident. Officials are unsure if personal information was compromised.

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(TNS) — Southeastern Louisiana University said Monday it's still working to restore its network outages caused by a security incident that occurred over a week ago.

The university said significant progress has been made and they are working to restore remaining systems to normal operation while Louisiana State Police investigate.

Officials also said they are working to find out whether any data, including personal information, was leaked.

"We are taking steps to identify the data if any, that was involved and to determine whether that data contains personal information," the university said in a statement. "If your personal information was involved, you will be notified in accordance with applicable law as quickly as possible."

The network issues at Southeastern began Feb. 23, after the security incident caused the school to take its network offline. The following week, students and faculty were unable to access the school's website, email or system for submitting assignments.

Southeastern added that an academic plan has been developed for online classes and classes with online materials to catch up, which will be communicated by faculty to their students.

Cyber attacks have become a rising trend in higher education in recent years, the most common of which being ransomware attacks, according to Forbes. Xavier University in New Orleans was hit by a cyber attack last November that may have resulted in some students and faculty having their personal information leaked on the dark web.

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