The Board of Education for the Houston Independent School District is expected to vote today on a contract that will further protect the district’s computer network.
A criminal investigation has been under way since the district learned that the school district’s computer system had been hacked in October. The district said it did not initially appear that any records had changed or any sensitive information lost.
HISD has confirmed that the school district’s computer network system was hacked by someone with access to a Pin Oak Middle School computer.
The first sign of a possible security breach was noticed by HISD technology workers on Oct. 24. A criminal investigation, headed by HISD Police with help from the FBI, the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and IBM was launched. Investigators determined shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday that a security breach had in fact occurred.
The board may approve a $1.5 million contract with IBM Security Services to provide consulting and other services, including the implementation of security tools to further protect HISD’s computer network, during tonight’s meeting.
The contract will also involve coming up with a long-term network security action plan.
The Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th St.