KEARNEY — Nebraskans are the nosiest people in the world, according to an FBI special agent.

FBI supervisor Phil Lenz told about a dozen students and community members at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Thursday that there isn’t much domestic terrorism in the state. He believes it’s because Nebraskans are nosy.

Lenz oversees the Grand Island, North Platte and Lincoln districts, and has worked for the FBI in different capacities around the world. In Nebraska, he said, people check license plates, notice when someone is from out of town and report suspicious activity.

“Nebraskans look out for Nebraska and their neighbors, and that’s a huge benefit,” he said.

Lenz’s presentation was part of an FBI Omaha Field Office Community Relations Executive Seminar Training, also known as CREST. The training also focused on cyber security.

Nathan Hines, part of the Cyber Task Force in Omaha, gave the students a glimpse into what his department does to fight cyber attacks. His department mostly works to deter business email compromise — when a hacker poses a financial threat to businesses.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Matt Miller said he asked the FBI to speak to computer science, networking and management information systems students who may major in UNK’s new cyber security program in the fall.

“One of the things we need to do is build internships,” Miller said. “So bringing in these types of players is important to us.”


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