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 two days of thought-provoking sessions looking at the future of work and learning.

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ShareIT surpasses $30M in savings, and more security offerings added

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has passed the spend milestone of $50 million since it was implemented in 2017, which equates to +$30 million in savings for its members.

This comes as the program adds a variety of new firewall hardware, licensing, and services to its catalogue of offerings, as well as phishing and security awareness training.

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Cybera 2020-21 Annual Report is now online

Cybera’s 2020-21 Annual Report celebrates our achievements over the past year, including advocacy efforts to promote rural and remote connectivity, growing data science learning opportunities, as well as increased savings and security offerings for our members.

It also features artwork from the children of Cyberans, to recognize the contribution of our staff (and their supportive families) to making this past year so successful.

Check out the report

In other News

Network use breaks records in 2021-22 school year

The new school year has already broken several Cybera records for network usage! Our operations director Joe Topjian breaks down the traffic surges we’ve seen in Sept-Oct 2021 with our K-12 members, and what the potential cause(s) could be.

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City of Calgary launches 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.

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Alberta cybersecurity tool is boosting US infrastructure

A “plaintext password sniffer” developed by the University of Alberta and made open source by Cybera’s security team is now being used to boost the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure in the US.

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Canada’s NREN has implemented a global network security protocol

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (or MANRS, a global protocol for addressing security and resilience issues in the global internet routing system) has now been implemented across the majority of Canada’s research and education networks.

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Cybera is Alberta’s not-for-profit organization responsible for driving economic growth through the use of digital technology. Our core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta’s cyberinfrastructure – the advanced system of networks and computers that keep government, educators, not-for-profits, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of technological change. We work with our members to ensure a connected future for all Albertans.

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