Students Express concerns for their online security, after UWindsor system outages continue
The University of Windsor has been dealing with a systems outage for over a week due to a “cybersecurity incident.” Students are unable to access UWindsor’s website, Blackboard LMS, and UWinsite Student.
On June 20, UWindsor, tweeted “IT is currently working to resolve this issue.” But two days passed without further explanation to students, faculty, and staff, who were unaware of what was happening.
Students took to Twitter to voice their concerns related to not being able to access their class resources, and turn in assignments, and exams.
Santiago Estrada, a Master’s student, tweeted, “midterm dates should be reconsidered since we haven’t been able to access class contents!”
On June 22, UWindsor used its social media accounts to announce that “UWindsor was recently subject to a cybersecurity incident.”
“Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately took steps to secure our systems and mitigate the impact to data and operations,” the university said in a tweet.
Students are still concerned about their own online security and feel they are being left in the dark.
“I’d expect the university to be more transparent in letting us know what happened,” says UWindsor student Jashan Dhillon.
Melissa Cuevas, an undergraduate student at UWindsor, says “I’m worried about my information being leaked or lost.”
The university addresses the concern, on the FAQ section of their support page “the cybersecurity incident is still under investigation, and we are examining the extent to which our systems and data may have been compromised. As we continue through this process, we will be sure to provide updates as appropriate.
Make sure to visit the university’s support page to track recent updates, and FAQ’s.