Spring 2022 Newsletter

New strategy, services, and the latest from ShareIT

It’s been a very busy season for Cybera: we introduced three new security services for members, expanded the ShareIT catalogue, and launched a province-wide data science work integrated learning program. Our new three-year mandate includes big plans for these areas, as well as for our networking and advocacy services. We’re also shifting our office hours over the summer.

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Cybera office hours shifting for the summer

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 work week. This means we will be shifting to an eight-hour day from Monday to Thursday, and closing the office every Friday, from July 8 to August 26.

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New strategic roadmap adds “skills” and “collaboration” buckets

Cybera has launched a new three-year strategic roadmap that includes a greater emphasis on collaboration and skills development. These new focus areas will complement Cybera’s existing network, security, and advocacy initiatives that members have come to depend on.

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Three new cybersecurity services available to wider member community

Cybera has launched three new services (a threat intelligence feed platform for schools, a detailed assessment and consultancy service, and a platform to review potential areas of compromise on an organization’s network). The goal of all three is to give our wider member community better insights, tools, and advice on how to detect and protect themselves from malicious activity.

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ShareIT annual review shows big savings, catalogue additions

The 2021-22 fiscal year broke new records for ShareIT, with nearly $19M in spending and over $15M in estimated savings. The team added seven new items to our catalogue of offerings, and hosted 24 professional development & training events.
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Applications now open for our newest data science work-integrated learning program

Cybera has received funds from Alberta Innovates to grow our successful data science fellowship program. We’re now taking applications for the fall cohort of the Applied Data Science Lab, created to kick-start organizations’ data science projects (as well as the careers of budding data scientists).
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Callysto program to continue for another two years

This free, interactive platform has helped over 88,000 students across Canada learn and apply data science skills in their everyday curricula. With renewed funding from the national CanCode program, Callysto is set to continue for a further two years.

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Sharing local solutions at the Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum

This past May, the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition hosted its second annual Forum, which brought together community leaders from across the province to share connectivity gaps and opportunities.

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Cyber Summit 2022

Early bird registration is now open for the 2022 Cyber Summit, with tickets starting at just $299 (plus tax) for members. The Summit will take place November 8-9 in Banff, Alberta, with pre-Summit workshops running on November 7. The theme of this year’s event is: Is the Internet Broken?

Summit organizers are also now accepting presentation proposals. We are looking for topics that address issues relevant to cybersecurity, net neutrality, the future of open source technology and shared research, and the online spread of misinformation.

For more information, visit cybersummit.ca.

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