Des Moines Public Schools cancels classes due to cyberattack

January 10, 2023
a computer screen showing code in different colors

Earlier this morning, DMPS was alerted to a cyber security incident on its technology network.

Des Moines Public Schools announcing a cyberattack that caused the school district to cancel classes on Tuesday. The nature of the attack – like who is responsible and why – is not known at this time.

What To Know: Des Moines Public Schools is the largest school district in Iowa. The "cyber security incident" caused the district to take its internet and network services offline in order to investigate the matter. Classes were cancelled for 33,000 students due to classrooms and school district operations relying on "tech tools."

Why It Matters: The amount of cyberattacks on school districts have jumped since the pandemic caused schools to increase their use of technology. According to Clever, a K-12 digital learning platform, 1 in 4 district leaders said their district experienced some form of cyberattack in the past year. Nearly 70% of those encounters were said to be phishing attacks, in which data is targeted.

Des Moines Public Schools Twitter thread announcing cancelled classes

Des Moines Public Schools cancels Tuesday classes after cybersecurity attack (Des Moines Register)

Schools Are Getting Hit Hard By Cyberattacks. What Can They Do About It? (Forbes)

by Jenna Lee,