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Rapid Access Cloud user profile: PinterEC explores remote video capture

November 24, 2021

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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Data science fellowship helps companies and emerging data scientists flourish

November 22, 2021

Last August, Cybera’s Data Science For Albertans (DSFA) team wrapped up its 2021 industry fellowship. This was the third year we offered the program, which provides an opportunity for emerging data scientists to get real-world experience, while assisting local organizations along their data science adoption journey. Five industry partners, from a variety of sectors, participated …

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Cybera newsletter — Fall 2021

November 4, 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

November 1, 2021

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

October 28, 2021

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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SniffPass boosts US infrastructure cybersecurity

October 13, 2021

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

October 7, 2021

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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Cybera Newsletter – Summer 2021

July 29, 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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Growing our value to the community

July 26, 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, but also the savings achieved by those services.  Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, Cybera’s combined services achieved over $16 million in gross savings for its …

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

July 22, 2021

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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2021 Data Science Industry Fellowships help Albertans gain real-world experience and encourage local companies to adopt data science tools

July 19, 2021

Cybera’s Data Science Industry Fellowship 2021 cohort has commenced, with 19 budding data scientists paired with five Alberta-based organizations to work on an internal data project. Over the next six weeks, the emerging data scientists (Fellows) will develop a proof-of-concept tool that can be used by their industry partner to improve operations or support the …

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Industry Hackathon helps solve “digital divide” while supporting professional development

June 29, 2021

On June 4, 2021, participants from across Alberta presented unique solutions and tactics to the issue of rural internet access gaps following the month-long Bridging the Connectivity Challenge Hackathon. This event, which was spearheaded by Cybera and ISAIC, brought together more than 100 registrants to address the following objectives: Use available data to assess the …

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Federal committee suggests new ways to improve telecoms competition (and offers slight rebuke of CRTC)

June 25, 2021

On June 22, 2021, the federal Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released its study Affordability and Accessibility of Telecommunications Services in Canada: Encouraging Competition to (Finally) Bridge the Digital Divide. The study offered recommendations for improving competition in Canada’s telecommunications industry, and also provided a rebuke for recent CRTC decisions that have caused …

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