A web platform that helps Albertans match their skills and experience with the most sought-after jobs — as well as find opportunities to learn in-demand skills — is now available for a limited-time public preview. SkillUp provides an incredibly detailed (and user-friendly) Alberta labour market overview and education referral tool. Built by Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit research and […]
Barreling into summer At the halfway point in Cybera’s 2022-25 strategic plan, we’re proud to say we’ve accomplished over 70% of our goals (see below for more details). Also in this issue: our new corporate video, Cyber Summit early-bird tickets, SANS training discounts for education, and the latest from ShareIT. See below for more details!
YYC Hacks is the largest hackathon in Calgary, and its goal is to champion local data skills. Cybera joined the most recent event as a cloud resource provider, and we were pretty impressed by the caliber of participants and partnering companies.
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
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
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
The City of Edmonton has launched eduroam — the secure Wi-Fi service for the global research and higher education community — across 120 locations in the city, giving thousands of higher education staff and students a safe and easy way to connect to the internet. This move puts Edmonton among the top smart cities in
This summer, in an effort to promote our staff’s wellbeing and create a better work-life balance, Cybera will be piloting a four-day workweek. This means we will shift our working hours to Monday-Thursday, and close the office every Friday from July 8 to August 26. Cybera’s mission is to connect Alberta to the world, enabling
This week, from May 18-20, the annual Mining Software Repositories (MSR) conference is taking place. This annual event brings together global experts in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to explore interesting and actionable ways to improve software development practices. In the lead up to MSR, a hackathon was organized. This year, the focus
Cybera recently ran a series of focus groups and surveys with our community, to get their input for our 2022-25 Strategic Roadmap. We are pleased to report the feedback received on Cybera’s services was overwhelmingly positive, with 93% of respondents indicating our services are unique and could not be easily found from other providers. According
To meet the security needs of our member community, Cybera will be launching three new cybersecurity services for our wider member community in April 2022: An intrusion detection service that gives connected members a single, detailed overview of potential indicators of compromise on their network, to improve their overall security posture. A program that offers
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Alberta offers several lesson plans to help students protect their privacy on the internet, including one titled “Getting the Toothpaste Back into the Tube: A Lesson on Online Information.” The lesson’s main takeaway is that, once something is put online, it’s almost impossible to take back offline. As
This past November, the University of Alberta’s Computer Engineering Club held its fifth annual HackED Beta — “Alberta’s friendliest beginner hackathon,” of which Cybera was a proud sponsor. The 24-hour coding competition is geared towards beginner programmers who are either in high school or the first two years of post-secondary education. It aims to provide
Periodically, we like to chat with one of Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud users, to find out what fun and innovative projects they’re exploring on our cloud. In this post, we talked to Chris Pinter, CEO of PinterEC Technology Projects, a research and development firm that works with companies to build high tech solutions. Pinter is
Many people may not be aware of this, but Alberta is a global leader in neuroscience — the study of the brain and brain behaviour — and, increasingly, the development of neurotechnologies, i.e. the practical applications of this science. One organization that is aware of this fact, and is doing everything in its power to
Last year, we wrote about a novel security tool that Cybera’s security team had made open source. The “plaintext password sniffer,” or SniffPass, was first developed by the University of Alberta’s security team to detect and secure their institution against phishing attempts or insecure online passwords. Cybera’s security analyst made SniffPass available in Zeek, a