Responding to the Kronos Cyber Attack – What Should Employers Be Thinking About?

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The leaders of our Wage & Hour Practice, Justin Barnes Jeffrey Brecher and Eric Magnus collaborated with us on this article.

According to reports, Kronos, the cloud-based, HR management service provider, suffered a data incident involving ransomware affecting its information systems. Kronos communicated that it discovered the incident late on Saturday, December 11, 2021, when it “became aware of unusual activity impacting UKG solutions using Kronos Private Cloud.”   The company confirmed:

[T]his is a ransomware incident affecting the Kronos Private Cloud—the portion of our business where UKG Workforce Central, UKG TeleStaff, Healthcare Extensions, and Banking Scheduling Solutions are deployed. At this time, we are not aware of an impact to UKG Pro, UKG Ready, UKG Dimensions, or any other UKG products or solutions, which are housed in separate environments and not in the Kronos Private Cloud.

This incident has already impacted time management, payroll processing, and other HR-related activities of organizations using the affected services. Ransomware and similar attacks also could compromise confidential and personal information

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