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Biden, energy secretary visit Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University student Aaron McFall, shows Vice President Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, some of the things his class is working on during the vice president's visit to NSU, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Norfolk, Va. The students were learning how to find vulnerabilities in a computer network - part of the historically black university's cyber security program.  Biden was at Norfolk State University holding a roundtable discussion announcing new funding that will help train Americans to join the cyber security workforce.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)

Norfolk State University student Aaron McFall, shows Vice President Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, some of the things his class is working on during the vice president’s visit to NSU, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Norfolk, Va. The students were learning how to find vulnerabilities in a computer network – part of the historically black university’s cyber security program. Biden was at Norfolk State University holding a roundtable discussion announcing new funding that will help train Americans to join the cyber security workforce. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during a visit to Norfolk State University on Thursday for a discussion on cybersecurity careers.

Their visit came days after President Barack Obama committed $25 million in grants to invest in cybersecurity education at historically black colleges and universities. Norfolk State is among the schools.

Obama said recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military’s U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the nation.

Before Biden and Moniz joined a roundtable discussion Thursday on the workforce funding, Biden and McAuliffe visited a classroom where Norfolk State students were learning about computer network vulnerabilities.

Biden told the students that more women and minority students need to pursue cybersecurity careers.

Before Biden left, student Aaron McFall gave him a lesson on protecting his own computer accounts, urging the vice president to use a complicated password, change it often and never share it.

“You sound like the director of the CIA,” Biden replied.
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