Wood BOE updated on construction projects, ransomware attack

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 9:32 PM EST
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The Wood County Board of Education received updates on several construction projects Tuesday evening, the biggest one being the new Williamstown Elementary School project.

Doors have been installed on the building, which is now expected to be completed sometime in January or February, officials said. Superintendent William Hosaflook said the school will be open in August 2020.

School officials gave an update on the recent ransomware attack that has hampered the district's computer systems. They said Wi-Fi service has been restored at some schools and that wireless hotspots are now available at buildings where there is no Wi-Fi.

Superintendent Hosaflook said state officials are currently looking into better security for schools. He added that the increased security measures would be a huge expense for the county.

“Any layer of protection is going to cost us money," he said. "Big money. I know right now, there are a couple companies out there that charge anywhere from $20 to $30 an endpoint. That would cost the school system over a million dollars a year.”

Hosaflook also said he thinks passwords need to be stronger across the board, saying at least 16 characters should be required. The current system requires only six characters, he said.

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