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Abraham Yuek studies computer forensics at Bellevue University. The university has invested $1.3 million into its new Intelligence Systems Lab.

The Internet has opened up remarkable benefits and opportunities for society. But this technology also enables major potential threats to our military and civilian sector. It’s vital that the U.S. do all it can to boost our cyberprotections.

Nebraska institutions of higher learning deserve commendation for taking steps to nurture an upcoming generation of cybertechnologists who in future years can help keep our country safe.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated several academic cybersecurity programs in the Midlands as “centers of excellence,” The World-Herald’s Rick Ruggles reports, with notable instructional resources and expertise: Bellevue University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Metropolitan Community College and Northeast Community College in Norfolk; and Iowa State University.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney hopes to gain the designation soon.

Cybersecurity instruction programs have value in two key ways. They build up our nation’s defenses against attack.

They also help young people gain employment in a fast growing economic segment offering high pay. Cybersecurity job openings in Nebraska currently exceed 2,000, and in Iowa, they exceed 2,400.

It’s encouraging to see educational institutions in the Midlands step up to help meet this need for our security and our economy.

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