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Aug 7, 2014 11:39 PM by Josh Meny - KPAX News

Zinke focuses on cyber-security during Missoula visit

MISSOULA - Republican Congressional candidate Ryan Zinke visited the University of Montana's Cyber Innovation Lab Thursday - which is funded by both UM and the private sector.

It is used by students who are doing research on big data analytics and cyber security. The employment rate for computer science graduates from the University of Montana currently sits at 100%.

Although Zinke is concerned with Montana's cell phone service infrastructure, Thursday's discussions focused mainly on cyber-security.

"What's Montana's future? asked Zinke. "Montana's future is making sure we have educational platforms that can talk to each other, that the educational platforms that can talk to each other, that the educational platforms are secure, that information is secure and looking across Montana it's not topography it is about how to amass an infrastructure that we can have first-rate cell phone coverage, we can have WiFi, and that those systems are secure."

The University of Montana plans to partner with the University of Michigan on the construction of a virtual cyber-security lab.

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