Boca Raton, FL – On November 3, 2020, The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) (“GEO” or the “Company”) announced that the Company has begun the process of notifying individuals impacted by a ransomware attack, as required by applicable state and federal law. The incident impacted a limited amount of personally identifiable information and protected health information for some inmates and residents contained on certain servers for a small number of facilities including the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Florida, a youth facility in Marienville Pennsylvania, and a now closed facility in California. The incident also impacted two corporate servers with employee data.
At this time, the Company is not aware of any fraud or misuse of information as a result of this incident.
Upon discovery on August 19, 2020, GEO promptly launched an investigation, engaged industry-leading cybersecurity firms to respond to the incident, and notified its customers and law enforcement. GEO implemented several containment and remediation measures to address the incident, restore its systems and reinforce the security of its networks and information technology systems.
The Company recovered its critical operating data and, based on its assessment and on the information currently known and obtained through the investigation, the Company does not believe the incident will have a material impact on its business, operations or financial results.
We regret any inconvenience that this incident has caused and will provide updates on any additional relevant information as appropriate. We thank our stakeholders for their continued trust in The GEO Group and have set up a hotline to provide further information (855) 414-6050.
About The GEO Group
The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development, and operation of secure facilities, processing centers, and community reentry centers in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO is a leading provider of enhanced in-custody rehabilitation, post-release support, electronic monitoring, and community-based programs. GEO’s worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 123 facilities totaling approximately 93,000 beds, including projects under development, with a workforce of approximately 23,000 professionals.