Meagan Hampel

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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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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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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Testing improved data retrieval on Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud

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 …

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Sharing the results from Cybera’s community outreach

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 …

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Cybera is launching new security services

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 …

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Cybera cloud helping Alberta school protect student privacy

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 …

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HackED Beta gives tech “newbs” a chance to try out a hackathon

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 …

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Rapid Access Cloud user profile: PinterEC explores remote video capture

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 …

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Summer hackathon highlights Alberta’s neuroscience skills

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 …

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SniffPass boosts US infrastructure cybersecurity

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 …

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City of Calgary becomes first municipality in Alberta to offer eduroam

The City of Calgary has become only the second municipality in Canada to offer eduroam (education roaming), a global internet access service for the higher education and research sector. This means any staff or students from any eduroam-connected organization — including local post-secondary institutions as well as ones from around the world — can automatically …

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Advice for Alberta institutions looking to make use of a Shared CISO

For the last two years, Cybera has facilitated a Shared Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) program for its members. The origin of this program dates back to 2017, when Norquest College and Lakeland College teamed up to share a single CISO: security expert Curtis Blais, who remains the Shared CISO today.  Having a Shared CISO …

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