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TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – A “cybersecurity incident” on May 26 forced officials at Oklahoma’s fourth-largest public university to disable its entire network to investigate the issue, but they say no data was stolen.

On May 29, NSU sent out a message via email and social media notifying the public of a network disruption. NSU followed up with an update to the situation June 1 and announced that early on May 26, the university’s IT team became aware of a cybersecurity incident that impacted its network.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the IT department disabled the network at 4:30 a.m. on May 26 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,” said Jennifer Zehnder, NSU communications director. “As we move forward, the IT team is methodically working through our network to ensure we can safely reconnect enterprise systems and servers. Systems are coming online at an appropriate pace based upon established priorities.”

Vice President for University Relations Dan Mabery said NSU’s entire network was disabled due to the cybersecurity incident.

“This means that nothing remained connected to the network, which has resulted in challenges for everyone, including those seeking transcripts over the past few days,” said Mabery.

Mabery said the network and internet-based services are being restored, but this process takes time.

“It is possible that transcript services will be available early next week,” Mabery said late last week. “Students should expect to start classes as scheduled.”

As of June 8, the university’s network was still experiencing problems. Website functions have been sketchy and students and staff report difficulty connecting with one another.


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