Media Statement: On Banff Centre IT disruptions from 2015-16

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BANFF, AB, December 13, 2016 – In late 2015, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity began to experience a disruption with its IT systems and began investigations into the source of the problem. In late January 2016, it was suspected the disruption was a result of a third party attack. Banff Centre immediately began working with the cyber-security team from global professional services firm Deloitte to determine the source of the attack and the extent of information that was accessed. Through this work, Banff Centre and Deloitte have concluded that there was no personal or financial information accessed during the attack and that it was suspected to be the actions of a former employee. This information was provided to the local RCMP and the criminal investigation has been led by the RCMP since that time.

The privacy of participant, guest and staff information is of the utmost importance to Banff Centre and over the past few months we have been working with Deloitte’s team and have undergone extensive third party testing of Banff’s IT infrastructure to ensure its appropriate protection. 

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.