|For Immediate Release
October 16, 2020
DBPR PROVIDES UPDATES REGARDING CURRENT STATUS OF NETWORK SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Secretary Halsey Beshears provided the following updates regarding the current status of network systems and services of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation:
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is currently operating with system network limitations as part of an ongoing effort to ensure the security of all information technology assets. During this limited service period, all DBPR Online Services for applications, payments, and other licensure transactions are available through www.myfloridalicense.com, and customer support agents are available to support users who need assistance with these services.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, DBPR’s information security infrastructure identified instances of malicious activity on state-owned technology assets. The Department took immediate security response measures to identify and contain the cause of the malicious system activity and to prevent any compromise of Department systems and data.
Necessarily, these measures to protect the operation of the Department’s network systems required temporary outages in the DBPR Online Services beginning on Thursday, October 8, 2020, and continuing through the restoration of the Online Services on Monday, October 12, 2020. While online options now are available for public use, the Department has taken additional steps this week to enhance the system safeguards that helped identify this concern.
The Department’s continuing efforts to eliminate any perpetual malicious activity have delayed the availability of some system resources that support certain services and processes performed by Department staff. These system limitations are anticipated to continue until all systems and system functions are cleared for access by users. Importantly, to date, the Department has not identified any evidence that suggests a breach of any personally identifiable information.
The Department is committed to achieving a safe and responsible restoration of all system functions swiftly, and upon restoration, will take additional steps to expedite handling of any transactions that have been delayed by this disruption in operation of certain network systems. During the week of October 19, 2020, the Department will align staff resources where necessary to support these additional efforts in processing pending applications and inquiries.
Risks posed by malicious activity on state-owned technology assets are serious, and the Department will continue to work tirelessly with state technology and law enforcement partners to exhaust all available measures in deterring threats directed toward these assets. In this case, the Department has engaged the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for additional support in the investigation and review of these system security matters.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, including accountants, architects and interior designers, asbestos consultants, athlete agents, auctioneers, barbers, building code administrators and inspectors, community association managers, construction contractors, cosmetologists, electrical contractors, employee leasing companies, geologists, home inspectors, landscape architects, mold assessors and remediators, pilot commissioners, real estate appraisers and brokers, and veterinarians, as well as businesses dealing in alcoholic beverages, tobacco, food service, public lodging, pari-mutuel wagering, and condominiums, timeshares, and other cooperative residential arrangements. The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. For more information, please visit www.myfloridalicense.com.
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