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Strengthening Connections In Times of Change

Celebrating Canada’s research and education community – especially now In 2020, the global pandemic meant Canada’s research, education and innovation sector had to pivot quickly. From moving rapidly to remote education delivery at the outset of the pandemic, to focusing new efforts on COVID-19 research and ensuring the security of information across the ecosystem, Canadians …

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Piloting a Canadian route to Microsoft Azure: lessons learned

Public clouds, such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, are increasingly becoming a popular choice for hosting an organization’s IT infrastructure and services. They can often provide managed and semi-managed services more efficiently than an average in-house IT department. With more Cybera members leveraging public cloud services such as these, we are looking at ways …

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Alberta group models CO2 injection system off the coast of Canada

The dangers of a warming Earth caused by climate change are well documented. Scientists around the world agree: if we are to maintain the health (and even survival) of millions of plants and animal species around the world, we need to cap our carbon emissions now. While reducing overall carbon emissions is the ultimate goal …

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Alberta-led project seeks to detect powerful neutrinos off the coast of BC

“They’re messengers of the most interesting things that happen in the Universe.” This is how Dr. Carsten B. Krauss, Director of the Centre for Particle Physics at the University of Alberta, describes high-energy neutrinos. “Neutrinos come from the explosions of stars, and possibly from other sources, like the environment around black holes,” says Krauss. “What’s …

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Open source “password sniffer” fights back against online phishing

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 idea that came out of …

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

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 biggest benefit of a collaborative …

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The Origins of Canadian Supercomputing: The Visionary Role of Alberta

As part of Cybera’s 25th Anniversary, we will be publishing stories throughout the year looking back at the major milestones of Alberta computing. This week, we explore the early days of supercomputing in Canada, and how the University of Calgary’s investment in supercomputers helped set the stage for Compute Canada and the National Research and …

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Canada’s Research and Education Community Strengthens Cybersecurity

Cybera is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the first procurement for a new national Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) infrastructure. The SIEM initiative involves a collaboration of 13 provincial, territorial and federal partners of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). The proposed solution will enable all partners of the NREN to …

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New Hub in Red Deer Will Help Schools and Researchers Collaborate Easier and Faster

After years of negotiations and maintenance work, Cybera is pleased to announce that a high-speed networking point of presence (PoP) has been installed in Red Deer. Red Deer College and the Red Deer Public School District were the first institutions to connect to the new PoP, at a rate of up to 1 Gbps. Utilizing …

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Research networks avoid the pitfalls of US net neutrality changes – for now

Author: Cathy Bogaart, Director, Marketing and Communications, Orion. Undoubtedly, you have seen the recent news coverage about the US Federal Communications Commission repealing Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Many fear that US-based Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will change the way people access applications and services over the internet, no matter if they are living in the US …

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Cybera boosts internet infrastructure, lowers bulk buying rate

The price of internet for Alberta’s public sector continued to drop this month, creating even more opportunities for digitally intensive learning and content creation. Members of Alberta’s Internet Buying Group saw their set rate for bandwidth go down by another 18%, moving from $2.75 to $2.25 per Mbps.  This is the 10th price decrease for …

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Cybera boosts network to increase capacity, reduce costs

With Cybera’s network transporting more data than ever before, staff have taken steps to boost the overall capacity of CyberaNet, while improving the affordability of our bulk buying group. Reducing the cost of the Internet Buying Group This past summer, Cybera reduced the rates for the Internet Buying Group for the ninth time, from $3.75 per Mbps …

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