National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Designation for ECPI University

ECPI University is proud to announce that it has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). University faculty were on hand at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama this week to receive the designation. The purpose of this program is to reduce vulnerability within the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation. 

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The demand for Cybersecurity professionals is great. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, one of the world’s leading researchers covering the global cyber economy, it is projected that there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021. The NSA and DHS want to make sure citizens know which colleges and universities can best prepare them to fill those jobs. Earning the CAE-CD designation requires that schools meet stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. Requirements focus on: 

  • Curriculum
  • Faculty Involvement 
  • Laboratory Facilities

“I am very pleased that we have received recognition for our Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science: Cyber and Network Security major, Cybersecurity Track,” says ECPI University Dean of Computer and Information Science Dr. Keith Morneau. “This recognition is a stamp of excellence for our program and our faculty.” 

ECPI University’s Cyber and Network Security program offers a hands-on, applications-based curriculum, designed to teach students how to: 

  • Conduct vulnerability analysis/penetration testing
  • Administer, manage, and troubleshoot hardware, software, and services
  • Actively monitor and defend networks
  • Use cyber security measures to protect data and manage personnel
  • Create basic security policy and procedures 

Does this sound like the kind of career you’ve been looking for? In addition to job security, the pay for cybersecurity professionals is very good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for information security analysts was $95,510 as of May 2017, with the highest 10 percent earned more than $153,090.

If you’d like to become a cybersecurity professional, take a moment and check out ECPI University. We offer an accelerated program that allows you to get your degree much faster. Through our year-round schedule, you can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a Cyber and Network Security major in as little as 2.5 years.

Want to learn more? Take a moment and connect with one of our helpful admissions advisors. They can answer your questions and help you get started. Cybersecurity is more than just a great career, it’s a calling and vital to America’s wellbeing. Be a part of it. It all begins at ECPI University.

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