NSU recovering from cyberattack, BA campus still offline


By John Dobberstein, Editor

Northeastern State University is continuing to work through a cyber incident that knocked out its online services more than a week ago.

As of Sunday night, some services had been restored but the Broken Arrow campus was still down, the university said in a Facebook post. 

“The IT department has been working tirelessly to reconnect our campuses and provide internet-based services to our students, faculty and staff,” NSU said Sunday night. “You can now access email and Blackboard from off-campus once you change your password.”

The university said enhanced security features such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) have been added. Students were asked to log in and establish a MFA and change their password.

“All summer or intersession courses scheduled for Monday, June 5, are expected to meet as planned,” the university added.

“While some of our services are now running, please know we are continuing to bring more services back online daily,” NSU continued. “We will continue to refine our services as we progress.

“Thank you to our IT department for the around the clock efforts during this network disruption. We are very appreciative of all the kindness and understanding that has been shown by our students, faculty and staff as we work though this complicated issue.”

NSU’s IT team became aware of the incident at about 4:30 a.m. on May 26, but the university did not report it as a cybersecurity problem until June 1.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the IT department disabled the network and began investigating the issue with the assistance of external consultants.

“At this time, our consultants have found no evidence that NSU data has been stolen,” the university said.

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