Some in-person classes resume at Saskatchewan Polytechnic following cyberattack

Some students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be able to resume school on Thursday following a cyber attack that took all classes offline.

The school said it’s introducing a phased-in return to classes, starting with in-person training on campus beginning Nov. 5.

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Online classes, including Zoom classes, remain cancelled, with the exception of the Language Instruction for Newcomers class, Saskatchewan Polytechnic said.

A further update on the return of other classes will be provided on Sunday, the school said in a press release.

“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,” Larry Rosia, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic said in a press release.

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“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.”

The school says its continuing to work with external cyber security experts and law enforcement following the cyber attack.

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In an email sent to students on Oct. 30, campus safety and security said the school is victim of a “ransomware attack.”

A full list of classes resuming on Thursday can be found here.

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