An red exclamation point imposed on a Florida PE license signifying an alert.Because of malicious activity related to DBPR’s computer systems, Professional Engineers and others may run into problems or delays when accessing the portal.

According to a news release, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s online services may be affected as it continues to work to restore its systems. DBPE says there is no evidence that there was any breach of personally identifiable information.

The department reported:

On Wednesday, Oct. 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, Oct. 8, 2020, and continuing through the restoration of the Online Services on Monday, Oct. 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. …

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.

For more details, please see the news release on DBPR’s News Room.