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New white paper addresses the connectivity crisis in Alberta

By Imran Mohiuddin / Apr 16, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the connectivity issues faced by rural Albertans. There is an opportunity for the provincial government, and large internet service providers (ISPs), to work together to fix this problem, now. Our policy team has developed a white paper highlighting the current need in the province, …

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Open source “password sniffer” fights back against online phishing

By Meagan Hampel / Apr 14, 2020

The Canadian Security Information and Event Management initiative, which launched in 2019, has brought together security analysts from across the National Research and Education Network (NREN) to share information and best practices, and collaborate on new cybersecurity tools. One of the more interesting tools they recently implemented was from an …

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Research proves the connectivity barriers faced by Indigenous communities are very real, and very limiting

By Admin / Mar 30, 2020

The ConnectIN project was a two-year pilot project evaluating the internet connectivity in First Nations communities in BC, Alberta and Manitoba. Led by three First Nations’ regional technology organizations, and facilitated by Cybera, the goal of this project was to better assess gaps in infrastructure and services. ConnectIN wrapped up in February …

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COVID-19 update: Network and cloud resources available to Albertans

By Admin / Mar 13, 2020

Cybera and its partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) are working to ensure that our infrastructure continues to support the needs of Canadian research and education communities as the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves. Our network teams are on alert and sharing information as they monitor network operations …

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Alberta’s public shared procurement program adds communications hardware and services

By Admin / Mar 12, 2020

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has now added a variety of telephony equipment, licensing, and services to its catalogue of offerings. The “unified communications” (UC) services will make it easier for education institutions to administer secure phone and videoconferencing tools across their entire organizations. This is expected to further ease …

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Cybera uses data science to support green tech solutions

By Graham Sucha / Mar 10, 2020

Cybera’s data science team is partnering with CMC Research Institutes on a project to mitigate the impacts of man-made climate change. CMC Research Institutes is an Alberta-based, not-for-profit research organization that investigates technologies that can reduce carbon emissions in large-scale industries, including the energy sector. Over the course of four …

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Alberta cloud resource supports local charity that diverts edible food from the landfill

By Meagan Hampel / Feb 26, 2020

The Leftovers Foundation is one of Western Canada’s largest food rescue charities. Based in Calgary and Edmonton, the organization works with local restaurants, bakeries and grocers to redirect edible food that is headed to the landfill towards those who need it most. This rescued food helps service agencies such as …

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Students in southern Alberta are learning to “hack” open data to gain in-demand technology skills

By Admin / Feb 25, 2020

This morning, over 100 Grades 7-12 students are learning in-demand digital literacy skills – including data analysis and coding – at the Southwest Alberta Hackathon, hosted by Cybera, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), and Palliser Regional Schools. Working out of the Picture Butte High School gym, students …

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Cybera security analyst works with NREN to identify, fix a vulnerability on FortiSIEM

By Meagan Hampel / Feb 3, 2020

This past November, we shared an interview with Cybera’s security analyst, Andrew Klaus, in which he talked about the new Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) initiative being carried out through Canada’s 13 provincial, territorial and federal partners in the National Research and Education Network (NREN). As Andrew noted, the …

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An overview of the CRTC’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review

By Imran Mohiuddin / Jan 31, 2020

On January 30, the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel released its final report on Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act. The panel was appointed in June 2018 to review the country’s communication legislative framework, including the Telecommunications Act, Radiocommunication Act, and the  Broadcasting Act. The panel’s 97 recommendations cover …

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Alberta’s Rapid Access Cloud is supporting a global open-source networking solution

By Meagan Hampel / Jan 27, 2020

How a small Software Defined Networking solution out of New Zealand became a tool used by universities and research labs around the world, with a little help from the Rapid Access Cloud. In 2013, Cybera blogged about Software Defined Networking (SDN) being “the latest ‘big thing’ in the field of …

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Alberta post-secondaries come together to fight cybersecurity threats

By Admin / Jan 20, 2020

To combat rising cybersecurity threats to education and research organizations, Alberta’s 26 post-secondary institutions (PSIs) are teaming up to collectively share information and strategies to enhance the security and privacy of their digital assets. Facilitated by Cybera, this first-of-its-kind collaboration will not only save time and money for individual organizations …

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