Auzqui: School Sites Aren't Only Security Issues

Charles Auzqui, superintendent of Sheridan County School District 3, describes how his district was shut down by a cyberattack. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Charles Auzqui, superintendent of Sheridan County School District 3, describes how his district was shut down by a cyberattack. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The actual physical buildings aren't the only security concerns for school administrators these days.

Charles Auzqui, superintendent of Sheridan County School District 3 – schools in Clearmont and Arvada – told Sheridan County's legislators Friday that District 3 has been under cyberattack for the last seven to 10 days.

Speaking at Friday's legislative forum, Auzqui said District 3 spends about $60,000 a year just for technology services to protect the district and the information on district computers. He said that's well above what the district receives in funding from the state.

But, he said, it's very evident that the money has been well spent, just over the last seven to 10 days. Auzqui said District 3 doesn't have the staff or the funding to have a cybersecurity person onsite full-time.

Asked for more information on the cyberattack, Auzqui said the school district's phone system went down, so the district is now in the process of installing a new phone system.

He said the cyberattackers were apparently attempting to infiltrate the district's security box. He said the attack instead overloaded the security box and shut the system down.

He said the cyberattackers were trying to get through the district's firewalls. They never got through the firewalls to the district's servers, but the firewall became overloaded and would shut down.

Representatives Mark Kinner and Mark Jennings and Senator Dave Kinskey listen to speakers. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Representatives Mark Kinner and Mark Jennings and Senator Dave Kinskey listen to speakers. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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