Berkeley Financial Systems (BFS, BAIRS, CalAnswers) Unavailable

January 3, 2016

Dear Campus Community,

Over the winter break the campus Information Security and Policy (ISP) team in Information Services and Technology (IST) detected a potential security risk to a portion of the Berkeley Financial System (BFS) and other ancillary systems that interact with BFS.

In an abundance of caution and as a precaution, we have taken BFS and the other key systems which interact with it offline as we continue to investigate the situation. The earliest estimate for BFS to be back online is Wednesday, January 6, 2016. As this is an evolving situation, please look to for the latest status.

BFS is used to enter financial transactions, track expenses, and manage budget activities as well as connect to many systems including, but not limited to, BAIRS and Cal Answers. Other systems that depend on BFS to function properly, including systems that rely on the Chart of Accounts Validation process such as the Cash Deposit System (CDS) and BearBuy, will also not be available. For a list of other systems that are temporarily impacted, please see Our investigation and analysis will continue and we will keep you informed as more information becomes available. 

Campus IT staff have been working non-stop to assess and restore systems, implement most recent patches, and bring the affected applications back online as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about the applications affected or have any critical needs, please contact the IT support team in your unit or the BFS/BAIRS help desk at 510-664-9000 (Option 1, then 2).


Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer