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Stacey’s story: Pivoting from oil and gas to the tech sector

Life is what you make it, and nobody knows that better than Stacey McLennan-Waldal, a data scientist who currently works in PwC’s Calgary office in the firm’s advanced analytics practice.

The low point for her professionally occurred three years ago, at a time when the oil and gas sector was hit with a double whammy – the onset of COVID-19 and slumping oil prices. McLennan-Waldal, who worked for an exploration and production (E&P) company as a chemical engineer, received a layoff notice, not while on the job, but while on maternity leave with her second child.

After realizing it was time to look for another profession in another industry, the start of the high point came when she signed up for a three-month bootcamp with tech education firm Lighthouse Labs.

It was, said McLennan-Waldal, an easy decision to make. “One of the roles I had held was as a

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A map of the metaverse: Hashtag Trending Weekend Edition

Welcome to Hashtag Trending, the Weekend Edition with your host Jim Love.

Earlier this year we did a series on the Metaverse for another podcast series I host with my colleague Doug Sparkes called  a “Deeper Dive.”  That series is still well worth listening to in its entirety, but over past weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about one particular episode we called a “map of the metaverse(s)”

We took the idea from the book Snowcrash, where the term metaverse was first used. In that book, there were multiple countries or city states each with their own rules. They had there own citizenship and rules. Many of them were run by corporations or eccentric rich people who were the “dictators” who ruled those worlds. Sound familiar?

You could travel between them but you did so at some risk. They were tribal and often treated immigrants and travellers with suspicion and

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Cybercrime still the leading cyber threat against Canadians: Federal report

Cybercrime is still the number one cyber threat to Canadians, according to the latest edition of the government’s national cyber threat report.

In addition, the state-sponsored cyber programs of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea continue to pose the greatest strategic cyber threat to the country, says the report. “Critical infrastructure is still a prime target for both cybercriminals and state-sponsored actors alike.”

Photo of the cover of the National Cyber Threat Assessment 2023-2024 report

It’s part of the updated National Cyber Threat Assessment released today by federal government’s Canadian Center for Cyber Security, part of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

The 40-page report covering 2023-2024 says:

      • Ransomware is a persistent threat to Canadian organizations. Cybercrime continues to be the cyber threat activity most likely to affect Canadians and Canadian organizations. Due to its impact on an organization’s ability to function, ransomware is almost certainly the most disruptive form of cybercrime facing Canadians. Cybercriminals deploying ransomware have evolved in a growing
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Ukraine deputy cyber leader a surprise speaker at BlackBerry conference

One of Ukraine’s cybersecurity leaders was a surprise video guest at BlackBerry’s annual Security Summit on Wednesday, thanking multinational companies for helping the country blunt cyber attacks from Russia and offering tips on cyber resiliency to CISOs.

“We’re lucky we have light,” Victor Zhora told an audience in New York and, by Internet, around the world, as he sat under a lamp in what looked like a room filled with CD albums, “because we have power outages” from Russian missile attacks.

“Unfortunately cyber challenges are not the only ones in our everyday life.”

Zhora was the co-founder of a cybersecurity firm in Ukraine, but is now deputy head of state services for special communications and information protection of Ukraine, a department responsible for defending the country’s digital infrastructure and its cyber incident response team. There are other nine other agencies with cybersecurity mandates.

It was just after 10 p.m. in

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Tech industry needs to collaborate to solve the ongoing energy crisis, SAP exec says

In order to help solve the ongoing energy crisis, the technology industry needs to collaborate, according to Scott Russell, executive board member and leader of customer success at SAP.

“The energy crisis is real. It’s ongoing. It’s not going to be fixed only through dialogue at the geopolitical level, it’s going to be solved through the use of technology and helping connect businesses, helping them to physically be able to address those challenges together,” he insisted.

Scott Russell. Credit: SAP

In the past year or so, countries across Europe have been in the midst of an energy crisis. Europe began to see some problems with energy supply back in 2021. Usually, during the winter months, the EU imports liquefied natural gas from the United States, Latin America, and Russia, but the power grid problems that Texas faced reduced the cargoes of liquefied natural gas during the winter,

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