Ransomware Investigation Update

By Office of Communications and Community Relations
September 12, 2020

Dear FCPS Community and Staff,

FCPS continues to investigate the ransomware issue involving some of our technology systems. We are taking this matter and concerns about the personal information of students, staff and their families very seriously.

The ransomware issue did not disrupt the distance learning program during the first week of school. However, we are working diligently with the FBI and our cybersecurity consultants to investigate the nature, scope and extent of any possible data compromise. 

If it is determined in the course of our investigation that personal information has been compromised, we will take steps to notify affected individuals as appropriate. Please know that FCPS is working diligently to protect the information of our staff, students and their families. 

At this time, we are not asking staff or students to make changes to their devices as a result of this issue. Our IT staff and cybersecurity experts are investigating the matter, and we will contact you if we determine your computer requires technical attention. Unless you are contacted by FCPS, please continue to use your device for school-related activities.

We deeply appreciate the patience and concern of our community and staff and will bring you further updates when they are available. 

Fairfax County Public Schools