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Nevada Gets Critical Cyber Terror Training

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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada is one of only two states chosen to take part in new training to fight cyber terrorism. With two million residents, and millions more who visit every year, Nevada has an important role in fighting terrorism.

Cyber-crime fighters say the training is designed to aggressively protect computer systems that are the lifeline of many agencies, organizations, and businesses in southern Nevada. 

Over 42 million visitors a year give their personal information during hotel check-in's, and they trust the information is protected. Today, dozens of leaders from the public and private sectors met to explain how the program's workshops and seminars will go.

"Every one of our lifeline systems -- water, wastewater, transportation -- is driven by a robust cyber system. And so if the computer systems that run those lifeline systems, those systems that keep our city going, falter, then we're in trouble," said Clark County Emergency Manager Irene Navis.

If cyber security is a high priority for the Department of Homeland Security, Navis says it will be top priority for Nevada too. 

Governor Brian Sandoval was instrumental in making sure Nevada was selected. Leaders hope this opens the door for future federal funds by keeping Nevada on the minds of leaders in Washington.

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