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Sask Polytech resumes classes following cyberattack last weekend

Students taking online courses through Saskatchewan Polytechnic resumed their classes on Monday following an online security breach last week
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Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw campus. (photo by Larissa Kurz)

Students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses throughout the province have returned to classes following a cybersecurity breach on Nov. 1.

Online courses resumed on Nov. 9 for all students, while limited in-person learning is still working on a staggered return while following COVID-19 protocols. 

“Returning to learning was our top priority. I want to thank all students and faculty for their patience and understanding as we worked with third-party suppliers and cybersecurity experts around the clock to achieve this goal,” said CEO and president Larry Rosia, in a press release. “In the coming days, work will continue to resume services in a safe, secure manner. To date, our cautious, phased-in approach has been successful.”

The institution believes there is no reason to think personal information was compromised during the breach, but it is still taking a number of steps to increase online security for staff and students.

This includes implementing multi-factor authentication for online services, sharing information on how to spot phishing emails and installing antivirus software for employee communities. 

For a list of services and platforms that have been restored to date, staff and students can visit campusupdate.ca.