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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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Cybera unveils intrusion detection service for Alberta schools and smaller public institutions

Cybera is pleased to launch its third and final offering as part of the new suite of cybersecurity services recently announced for Alberta’s research, education, and public sectors. Miridor is an intrusion detection system that gives organizations connected to Cybera’s network a simple — but detailed — overview of potential indicators of compromise on their …

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Extending the Cybera Security Nexus assessment registration deadline

Cybera members are asked to register for the cybersecurity assessment by September 16, 2022. To ensure maximum participation in a cross-Alberta cybersecurity assessment that will help institutions become more threat resistant, Cybera has extended the deadline to sign up until the fall.  The Cybera Security Nexus was launched in May 2022 to provide expertise and resources …

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Spring 2022 Newsletter

New strategy, services, and the latest from ShareIT It’s been a very busy season for Cybera: we introduced three new security services for members, expanded the ShareIT catalogue, and launched a province-wide data science work integrated learning program. Our new three-year mandate includes big plans for these areas, as well as for our networking and …

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2021-2022 ShareIT Year in Review

The 2021-22 fiscal year surpassed our annual record once again, with $18,767,640 in spending and $15,301,050 in estimated savings!  Continued growth can be attributed to the ongoing expansion of our catalogue and the utilization of new agreements (including a $1,146,319 spend on the recently launched Firewalls Master Agreements).  In addition, ShareIT is excited to announce …

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Cybera Security Nexus will help Alberta institutions plug their security gaps

As part of its new cybersecurity services for Alberta’s research, education, and public sectors, Cybera is pleased to launch the Cybera Security Nexus. This platform provides expertise and resources to help organizations assess, prioritize, and address their cybersecurity and policy gaps. The Nexus offers access to:  An industry recognized IT security assessment framework (available to …

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Introducing our 2022-25 strategy

As part of our commitment to stay nimble and responsive to the needs of Alberta’s public and education sectors, Cybera has launched a new three-year strategic roadmap that includes a greater emphasis on collaboration and skills development. These new focus areas will complement Cybera’s existing network, security, and advocacy initiatives that members have come to depend on. “The past …

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Teaching students data literacy through everyday curricula

The free, interactive platform that has helped over 88,000 students across Canada learn and apply data science skills through their everyday curricula has been renewed for a further two years. With the new funding from the national CanCode program, the Callysto platform will continue its focus on developing responsible digital citizens, while increasing outreach to …

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Cybera launches three cybersecurity services for wider member community

To meet the growing cybersecurity threats faced by Alberta’s research, education, and public sectors, Cybera is launching three new services this spring. The goal is to provide members better insights, tools, and advice on how to detect and protect themselves from malicious activity.  The new services are: Threat Feed for Education — A threat intelligence feed platform …

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CyBear provides Alberta a new level of cyber security

Cybera is about to launch a suite of new security services, including CyBear! Hailing from the Canadian Rockies, this cybernetic grizzly will protect kids and “cubs” in Alberta’s school districts from malicious online agents. … Okay, CyBear may be an April Fool’s joke, but the increase in cyber threats is not. Cyber attacks are on …

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Cybera newsletter — Fall 2021

Cyber Summit is just days away! The annual Cyber Summit will run November 8-10. The conference will kick-off with two half-day workshops: an immersive workshop from Softchoice and AWS on leading your educational institution through its cloud journey, followed by a look at how higher education is implementing Multi-Factor Authentication. This will be followed by …

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Alberta’s public shared procurement program surpasses $30M in savings as more security offerings added

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has passed the spend milestone of $50 million since it was implemented in 2017. This equates to a total estimated savings for its members of +$30 million (over their average education discount rate). This milestone comes as the program adds a variety of new firewall hardware, licensing, and services to …

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Canada’s NREN bolsters security with MANRS

The partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) are pleased to announce today that Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, or MANRS, has been implemented on the majority of Canada’s research and education networks. Ninety-nine per cent of organizations connected to the NREN are now connected to a MANRS-compliant network. An industry-led initiative championed …

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Cybera Newsletter – Summer 2021

This past 2020-21 fiscal year was a record-breaking one for Cybera, both in terms of the number of services we now offer to our expanding member community, and also the savings achieved by those services. But those savings go beyond dollars and cents. Keep reading ShareIT facilitates over $27 million in savings This past quarter (April …

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New report takes a comprehensive look at Alberta’s internet gaps and opportunities

After a year of researching, Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator) has unveiled a comprehensive update to its State of Alberta Digital Infrastructure Report. This timely analysis comes as internet connectivity and access to high-speed broadband have taken on heightened levels of importance in the province, due to COVID-19. The updated report, first published in 2014, …

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