Fayetteville Observer

Fayetteville State University officials hope a symposium that will draw some of the nation’s top tech experts and military minds will help make the college the face of cyber security in future years.

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Two dozen panelists are slated to speak at the university’s Cyber Security Symposium, which will begin with a reception Thursday night and a day of panel discussions on Friday. Those talks will center on the cyber security industry and job opportunities.

Curtis Charles, executive director of the FSU Center for Defense and Homeland Security, said he wants to see the university lead a regional effort to produce a cyber security workforce for the burgeoning industry.

University officials see the close proximity to Fort Bragg as a natural point of transition for veterans looking to shift into the private sector.

“The whole premise of this is to bring together national subject matter experts in cyber security from the federal government, from the military, from the national laboratories, from the industry and from academia, and talk about how we can build this economic development engine to support the mission of Fort Bragg,” Charles said. read more…