LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over this past weekend, Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) determined that it was the target of an organized ransomware attack. Based on information currently available to us, we believe the incident primarily affected computers and servers within our Enthalpy Analytical laboratory network. The fact patterns of this attack, as well as information from law enforcement and independent cybersecurity experts, lead us to believe that this attack has been carried out by highly sophisticated bad actors.
Upon discovery of the attack, we took immediate action, suspending all affected systems, notifying law enforcement and activating the company’s global network of IT professionals and data recovery and continuity protocols, and engaging third-party experts to begin remediating the situation. Based on the information available to us at this time, we do not believe our backup data and cloud-based enterprise systems, including email, have been affected, and we are actively working to restore impacted systems as soon as possible.
Full investigation and resolution of this incident will take time, and we expect that certain lab results within our Enthalpy business will be delayed. However, we do not currently anticipate major disruption to our other services and are in the process of notifying clients as appropriate of any delays or impacts due to the attack. In the event the investigation identifies any access or other impacts to third-party data or information, we will notify the affected third parties and appropriate regulatory bodies.
Though we anticipate limited impact and rapid recovery from the attack, we are closely monitoring our networks with third party security experts, and circumstances may change as we learn more about the incident. We offer our sincere apologies to customers of our laboratories and sites that have been or may be impacted by the consequences of this sophisticated cyber-attack.
Montrose is a leading environmental solutions company focused on supporting commercial and government organizations as they deal with the challenges of today, and prepare for what’s coming tomorrow. With more than 2,700 employees across over 80 locations around the world, Montrose combines deep local knowledge with an integrated approach to design, engineering, and operations, enabling the Company to respond effectively and efficiently to the unique requirements of each project. From comprehensive air measurement and laboratory services to regulatory compliance, emergency response, permitting, engineering, and remediation, Montrose delivers innovative and practical solutions that keep its clients on top of their immediate needs – and well ahead of the strategic curve. For more information, visit www.montrose-env.com.
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