Spring 2023 Newsletter

Cybera is hiring, and other service updates To keep our operations moving smoothly, Cybera is looking to hire experienced technical / project management staff (see below for more details). Also in this issue: upcoming deadlines for data science consultations and cybersecurity training, a new special interest group offering for the wider post-secondary sector, and details on the …

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Cybera supports the spirit of RMA resolution calling for municipal access to Alberta government data

In the lead-up to next week’s Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Spring Convention, Cybera is offering its support for the motion brought forth by Smoky Lake County regarding municipal access to provincial data. In its motion put forward on February 23, Smoky Lake noted that data is vital in supporting informed decision-making by governments at …

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CRTC shifts to championing internet competition

Last week, the CRTC announced it would immediately lower wholesale internet rates by 10% as part of a larger reexamination of Canada’s regime for wholesale regulation. This move is intended to improve competition among internet providers by making it easier for the smaller companies to lease bandwidth from the bigger ones. The CRTC also announced …

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Cybera EXTENDS DEADLINE to APPLY TO its Board of Directors

Cybera has extended the application date for Albertans interested in joining its Board of Directors to March 15. The organization is seeking an outside-the-box thinker — representing Alberta’s diverse education organizations and geographical regions — to help us advance digital thinking, learning, research, and innovation across the province. This board member will help guide Alberta’s …

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NorQuest and Red Deer Polytechnic join the growing club of eduroam providers in Alberta

This past year, two Alberta post-secondary institutions — NorQuest College and Red Deer Polytechnic — joined the global league of campuses offering eduroam connectivity to staff and students. Education roaming (eduroam) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students and staff from participating institutions to seamlessly (and safely) connect to the wifi when …

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FALL 2022 Newsletter

New network tools, data science training, and the latest from ShareIT Now that another successful Cyber Summit is under our belts, it’s time to look back at the programs, tools and upgrades Cybera launched in recent months, and remind members what they may have missed out on. See below for more details! Cyber Summit breaks …

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Cybera is hosting a webinar on “A day in the life of a CISO”

To increase shared cybersecurity learning and discussion opportunities within Alberta’s education sector, Cybera will begin hosting a series of online webinars and conversations, beginning next month. On December 8 at 1:30 pm MT, Cybera will host a 90-minute panel discussion on “A day in the life of a CISO”. Three chief information security officers (CISOs) …

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First cohort of the Applied Data Science Lab gets underway

Cybera has launched its first cohort of the Applied Data Science Lab, which gives Alberta companies and budding data scientists the chance to trial a real-world data exploration project. This work integrated learning program has paired eight emerging data scientists with two Alberta based businesses to carry out a six-month data science / machine learning …

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New Alberta broadband support to address funding gaps

Last week, Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish announced the Alberta Broadband Fund, a $36 million allocation of funding to support broadband deployment in Alberta that will begin taking applications this fall. This funding is part of the province’s previously announced $390 million investment in Alberta broadband projects that is being matched by the federal government, …

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Long awaited router change doubles Cybera’s network capacity

This summer, Cybera’s network team replaced our Calgary router (which had tirelessly served us and our members for over a decade) with a new one, effectively doubling our network capacity, increasing throughput, and creating a more orderly network system. But getting to this moment has been a looooong time coming. Our Calgary router has been …

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Cross-provincial data breach detected through national cybersecurity collaboration

Imagine your email address and passwords were publicly posted – and you had no idea. This year, security analysts from the National Research and Education Network (NREN) uncovered a collection of emails and passwords from several member institutions in their province posted on a public social media channel, as well as insecure private data from …

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Alberta higher education looks to national cybersecurity opportunities as SecureIT wraps up

The AB SecureIT project — a collaborative effort between Alberta’s 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions and Cybera, the province’s research and education network organization — has successfully concluded. Launched in 2020 with funding from the Government of Alberta, the initiative brought together higher education institutions in the province to strategize ways to share information and …

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Saying farewell to Cybera VP, Barton Satchwill

Cybera’s vice president of technology announces retirement After over a decade of leading innovations and digital infrastructure development for Alberta’s public sector, Barton Satchwill is today retiring from his position as Vice President, Technology, for Cybera. “It is with mixed feelings that I announce I am stepping away from Cybera,” says Satchwill. “In my time …

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