Current Status

Saskatchewan Polytechnic experienced a cybersecurity incident October 30, 2020, which disrupted our operating systems. Students are encouraged to visit the Access to Learning & Services tab for the most current list of operating platforms and services that have resumed, and all necessary instructions to access and log in to them. We are making progress resuming services in a phased, secure manner. FAQs are also regularly updated and may be the fastest way to find answers to your questions right now.

Please know that IT Services, external experts and third party suppliers are working together with departments and schools to fully resume operations and services for you. At this time, some services are not available. As we make services available, they may not be offered in quite the same manner as previously. Regularly visit us here for the most current information. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

saskpolytech.ca is now back up with limited functionality.

Media

  • Nov
    16

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic update

    Posted at 2:33PM

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues working closely with external experts and third party suppliers to make systems available. Returning to learning was our top priority. Online learning and limited in-person learning has resumed (see list) in line with Sask Polytech COVID-19 protocols. To date, our cautious, phased approach has been successful. In the coming days, we will continue to resume services in a secure manner following these same processes. Additional information will be shared on campusupdate.ca as it is available.

  • Nov
    8

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic online classes resume Monday, November 9

    Posted at 12:39PM

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    November 8, 2020 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues to reinstate online learning platforms and services. All online classes will resume Monday, November 9, 2020. Limited in-person learning is steadily being resumed (see list) in line with COVID-19 protocols. This phased approach is part of the plan developed by employees, along with external cybersecurity experts as remediation actions continue. This incident has been reported to law enforcement.

    “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,” says Larry Rosia, CEO and president. “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. In the coming days, we will continue to resume services safely and securely following these same protocols.”

    Sask Polytech is taking the following steps to increase online security for students and employees. This includes multi-factor authentication for online services, additional information about how to spot phishing emails and new antivirus software for employee computers. There is no reason to conclude at this point that any personal information has been compromised.

    As Sask Polytech continues with a phased return to limited in-person learning due to the cybersecurity incident, we would like to remind our community that Sask Polytech COVID-19 plans and guidelines are still in place. This includes a daily health check, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick. Campuses remain closed to the general public. 

    Employees and students can visit campusupdate.ca for a list of operating platforms and services that have resumed. Sask Polytech will continue posting all necessary instructions for students and employees on campusupdate.ca as services become available.

    Sask Polytech is committed to timely and transparent communications regarding this incident to our students, employees and stakeholders. Additional information will be shared on campusupdate.ca as it is available.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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    For more information, contact:

    Brianna Bergeron
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing
    Cell: 306-250-3978
    Email: brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca

  • Nov
    4

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic begins phased return to classes Thursday, November 5

    Posted at 6:34PM

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    Saskatchewan Polytechnic begins phased return to classes Thursday, November 5

    November 4, 2020 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is introducing a phased return to classes starting tomorrow, November 5. Students in some scheduled in-person training will resume on campus starting Thursday, November 5. With the exception of the LINC program on November 5, online classes, including zoom classes, are cancelled Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6.

    Students can view the list of in-person classes resuming on campus at at this link. An update on return for other classes will be provided on Sunday November 8.

    “We are beginning a phased approach to resuming in-person learning. Out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to continue to hold on resuming online classes. Our IT Services, external experts and third-party suppliers have been working around the clock to get students back to class, and I want to acknowledge the incredible work,” says Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “We will continue to communicate with students, faculty and partners who have been supportive and patient. I am proud to be part of this community in these extraordinary times.”

    Sask Polytech continues to work with external cybersecurity experts and law enforcement. Remediation actions are underway. Sask Polytech’s first priority is to safely and securely restore online and in-person learning environments for students.

    Sask Polytech remains committed to timely and transparent communication with students, employees and stakeholders. Additional information is being shared at campusupdate.ca. This is the best source of information on the current status.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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    For more information, contact:

    Brianna Bergeron

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing

    Cell: 306-250-3978

    Email: brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca

  • Nov
    3

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic update

    Posted at 3:38PM

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    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Update

    November 3, 2020 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is working closely with third party suppliers who host our online learning platforms and services. We are taking the necessary time to safely and securely restore access to online learning environments. An update on return to class protocol will be provided Wednesday November 4.

    Sask Polytech continues to work with external cybersecurity experts and law enforcement. Work continues to minimize the impact from the security incident and remediation actions are underway. There is no reason to believe any personal information has been compromised at this point.

    Sask Polytech remains committed to timely and transparent communication with students, employees and stakeholders. Additional information is being shared at campusupdate.ca. This is the best source of information on the current status. No media interviews will be provided today.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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    For more information, contact:

    Brianna Bergeron
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing
    Office: 306-659-3866
    Cell: 306-250-3978
    Email: brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca

  • Nov
    2

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic update on Cybersecurity incident

    Posted at 4:45PM

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    Saskatchewan Polytechnic update on Cybersecurity incident

    November 2, 2020 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues to work with external experts and law enforcement to determine the extent of the security incident and to safely restore systems.

    “We are making progress on safely restoring operating platforms and online services. I want to thank our in-house IT security system and all employees who worked tirelessly over the weekend with outside experts and third party suppliers to minimize the impact of the cybersecurity incident,” Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO said. “Saskatchewan Polytechnic wants to assure students, their families, employees and our industry partners, we will keep you informed. Our first priority is to restore the online learning environment for students.”

    Since the incident occurred, the following Sask Polytech systems (operating platforms and services) have been restored, including:

    • - Outlook email & calendar
    • - Microsoft Office Suite
    • - Zoom
    • - Kaltura

    We will post all necessary instructions for students and faculty on campusupdate.ca as services become available.

    Sask Polytech has begun the remediation process. Today, employees have been instructed to install an adaptive, next-generation antivirus and endpoint detection and response software. There is no reason to believe any personal information has been compromised at this point.

    Sask Polytech is among other learning institutions that have experienced vulnerability amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as thousands of hours are spent in online classrooms and virtual environments.

    We remain committed to timely and transparent communication with students, employees and stakeholders. Additional information is being shared at campus update. This is the best source of information on the current status.

    No media interviews will be provided today. Media will be regularly updated.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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    For more information, contact:

    Brianna Bergeron
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing
    Cell: 306-250-3978
    Email: brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca

  • Nov
    1

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic target of cybersecurity incident

    Posted at 8:20PM

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    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic target of cybersecurity incident

    November 1, 2020 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic has experienced a cybersecurity incident which has affected its systems. The institute is taking this matter very seriously and is working closely with industry experts to minimize the extent of the impact.

    There will be no online or applied, in-person classes November 2-4 while Sask Polytech’s IT Services continue working with outside experts to restore systems in order of priority; the first priority being to restore the online learning environment for students.

    Students and employees using personal devices are safely able to access limited services through direct web access including: email, Zoom, Office 365 and video streaming.

    The institute continues to assess the extent of the cybersecurity incident with external experts and law enforcement. There is no reason to conclude at this point that any personal information has been compromised.

    Sask Polytech is committed to timely and transparent communications. Additional information is being shared at campusupdate.ca as it is available. This website is the best source of information on current status and additional details for students and employees, such as how to log in to systems and services as they become available.

    Media will be updated Monday, November 2.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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    For more information, contact:
    Brianna Bergeron
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing
    Cell: 306-250-3978
    Email: brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca