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Welcome to SaskPolytech Cyber Security Awareness Site

Security Awareness is a major part of IT Security in any organization.  Cyber Threats are continously modified and updated by criminals to bypass existing security control systems that are in place.  It is very important for everyone to be aware of these types of attempts, understand what they look like and be informed of recent attempts here at Sask Polytech to protect ourselves.  The IT Security branch in Information Technology Services primary goal is to manage the risks associated with cyber security incidents and threats. IT Security is a team effort and everyone has a role to play in IT Security to protect ourselves and Saskatchewan Polytechnic's data and resources.  This awareness page is a main point of entry for sharing information on up-to-date threats, issues and training resources.


Always report suspicious activity by contacting the helpdesk via email at helpdesk@saskpolytech.ca or phone 1-888-733-5333.

 

  
  
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1/27/2020
  

Saskatoon Police have received a number of messages, and a few police reports recently about an emerging scam where fraudsters are reaching out and impersonating a law enforcement or government agent in an effort to get you to surrender your Social Insurance Number. They will claim that you have not paid your taxes or that your SIN has been compromised.

We remind you that legitimate government or police organizations will never threaten an arrest or demand a payment over the phone. In Canada, these agencies do not process payment in cryptocurrency, gift cards or any other alternative payment method such as GooglePlay card, iTunes card and Steam card.

What to do:
- If you suspect a fraudulent call, do not answer. If you do answer, hang up and do NOT call the number back.
- Never provide any personal information or money to an unknown caller.
- Victims who have lost money or surrendered any personal information are encouraged to contact their local police department or RCMP to file a report.

****Citizens who receive scam phone calls but are NOT defrauded should report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.****

FINALLY, because compromised SIN numbers can have very serious consequences, we're asking for your help to make sure as many people as possible see this post. If you read this post, please tag at least one person.

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11/28/2019
  

With the upcoming holiday season, more people are purchasing gifts online. Here’s some tips for protecting yourself:

 

Ø  Use a credit card: Credit cards usually offer some protection against identity theft and may limit the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying.

Ø  Check your statements: Keep a record of your purchases and copies of confirmation pages, and compare them to your bank statements. If there is a discrepancy, report it immediately.

Ø  Protect yourself: When shopping, make sure the site you are on has security enabled.  Look for https:// in the wesites address, as well as the lock to indicate its secure.

Ø  Value your personal information: Take precautions when providing personal information, and make sure to check the privacy policies to see how a company will use or distribute your information.

 

Safe Shopping!

11/6/2019
  

ITS has recently found that an external individual registered the domain SaSkPolytechTest.ca

The use of similar domain names is a common way to trick users into providing personal information or to create fake email addresses to carryout phishing attacks. 

If you receive any kind of communication from this domain SaSkPolytechTest.ca  or other combinations that use SaskPolytech in the website or email address, please report it immediately to the Helpdesk.


9/24/2019
  

​Like getting your steps in or lifting from your knees, secure habits keep you safe and your online reputation healthy. This October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — a collaborative effort between government and organizations like ours to ensure everyone has the resources and knowledge they need to stay secure at work and at home.
        
In the coming weeks, we’ll share a variety of resources to help you outsmart cyber threats and protect you and your family from online attacks. We encourage you to read and share the information with your colleagues, friends and family.
        
When it comes to cybersecurity, knowledge is power. Join us this October in the fight against cybercrime!

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5/5/2019
  

The Sask Polytech Password Manager allows you to manage your own account.  You must be enrolled in the system to be able to reset your password or unlock your account on your own in the future. You will require a mobile device number and/or an alternate (personal) email to enrol in the system.  If you haven't already enrolled in the system, visit our enrollment site.

Once you have enrolled in the system you will be able to:

Password Manager Instruction Guide

Use this printable guide (pdf) for complete instructions that walk you through the process.
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Interactive Phishing Center


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Recent Phishing Outbreaks:

  
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Features of threat
6/1/2020 12:00 AMVoicemail, contains attachment, web link.New for [ ### to username@saskpolytech.ca ]
Voicemail, contains attachment, web link.
3/2/2020 12:00 AMVoicemail, contains attachment VM for <username>
Voicemail, contains attachment
1/30/2020 4:00 PMUrgent, iTunes gift cardsRe: Follow Up This Message Now
Urgent, iTunes gift cards
1/6/2020 12:00 AMEmail, Hidden link, job opportunity Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Time Jobs Opportunity
Email, Hidden link, job opportunity
1/2/2020 11:00 AMAmazon, link, order, payment failedAmazon: Payment Failed!
Amazon, link, order, payment failed
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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