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Cyber security experts visit the UO hoping to inspire students to join the workforce

The University of Oregon invited experts to discuss cyber security inside the school's John E. Jaqua Academic Center. SBG photo

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon brought several cyber security experts to campus Friday to discuss breaches that happen on a regular basis.

Experts from Homeland Security, Intel and Symantec talked to students about vulnerable networks, data centers and devices.

The school has already won several awards since naming a new head of security in 2015. It also recently secured more than half a million dollars in federal funding to look at social network fraud.

Now, the goal is to get more people on the cyber security work force.

"So, I think one of the biggest issues right now is the work force issue. We need cyber security professionals across the board whether it's looking at automotive, or medical devices, or traditional IT," said Dan Massey from Homeland Security.

Right now, Oregon is home to several major Internet security companies.

The school says it wants to collaborate with them to strengthen the state's influence in the industry.

OSU also received $1.5 million in federal money for research on how to protect the nation's electrical grid from cyber-attacks as well.

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