SAULT STE. MARIE — The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board will operate with a $325,000 deficit for its 2022-2023 budget due to a ransomware attack that crippled the board's information systems in mid-December and compromised personal information belonging to a number of its employees.
"This deficit is a result of the cyber incident," said business superintendent Justin Pino in an email to SooToday Monday. "Before the incident the board was projecting a balanced budget."
Additional expenses related to the Dec. 15 cyberattack covered by the board's cyber insurance are not being disclosed.
The English Catholic school board is also spending USD $69,212 annually for three years on software from SentinelOne, a California-based cybersecurity company, in order to protect it from potential cyberattacks.
A two-year credit monitoring service for affected school board employees through TransUnion will run the board $30,000 following the Royal ransomware attack, which resulted in the theft of personal information — including social insurance numbers and banking information — for staff members employed by the board between 2019 and 2022.
Board officials are not disclosing whether or not the school board paid a ransom to the attackers.