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Norwich Cadets get a lesson in cyber security

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Cadets at Norwich University got a lesson from cyber security experts Thursday.

Booz Allen Hamilton consults on cyber security for the U.S. government. The company's Vice Chairman Mike McConnell says the nation is vulnerable at a strategic level from cyber threats. There are concerns terrorists could use digital means to disrupt major banking or power systems and experts say they're working to keep those systems protected.

"Being digitally dependent has introduced a level of vulnerability that is unprecedented. Now we've benefited -- we're connected, we're more productive, standard of living is higher -- all the good things. But with every positive aspect there is a darker side and the darker side is that if you're connected, you're vulnerable, and everything is connected," McConnell explained.

The company says it's looking at developing ways to take advantage of the cyber security focus at Norwich University -- which recently won nearly 10-million dollars in federal contracts to help protect America's financial systems from cyber attacks.

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