Missouri Southern State University was the victim of a cybersecurity attack on January 9, 2019, triggered by a phishing email. The University responded quickly and engaged a leading forensic investigation firm to help stop the attack and provide subsequent investigation services.
The University notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Task Force and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office about the incident.
The University worked diligently to notify all impacted individuals once the results of external investigation had been completed. Notification letters were sent to only those constituents whose information could have been obtained through working documents in the exposed employees’ email accounts. Potentially impacted individuals were a limited number of employees, students and alumni.
The investigation has not uncovered any evidence of actual misuse of personal information.
Missouri Southern has offered all impacted individuals 24 months complimentary credit monitoring.