UPDATED 1/3/18 to provide links to related news coverage. This incident was reported on the K-12 Cyber Incident Map (#284) on December 29, 2017.

In December 2017, Rockingham County (NC) Schools fell victim to a malware attack that completely shut down the district’s IT systems and infrastructure. On January 2, 2018, the district held a press conference – led by Superintendent Dr. Rodney Shotwell – to explain the incident, share lessons learned and next steps, and respond to questions from the media.

For those concerned about the practical implications of responding to a significant school cybersecurity incident (and associated costs), the press conference is a must watch.


When schools rely on technology for teaching, learning, and school operations, the impact of losing access to that technology can be significant.

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