Whitworth University, a private university in Spokane, Wash., announced it was hit by a cyberattack, but expects to have 95 percent of its system restored by August 31.


The university said it first became aware of the hack to its information systems on July 29, and it has spent the past few weeks trying to mitigate the impact of the attack. The school’s information technology and instructional resources (IT/IR) teams worked in collaboration with cybersecurity experts to stop the incident and restore systems.


“As part of this ongoing investigation, our IT/IR experts have been working with outside forensic experts to identify what specific information may have been accessed,” Whitworth University said in a statement. “This process does take time. Please know that your security and the protection of your personal information are of utmost importance to us.”


“Should the investigation determine that any personal information of students, alumni, employees, or donors was impacted, we will notify those affected right away and provide them with the necessary resources to protect their information,” it added.


The university said it has added enhanced security measures to its systems to prevent any future cyber incidents.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk SLG's Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.