ECPI University Receives Cybersecurity Education Award “Academic Circle of Excellence” from EC-Council

Virginia Beach, VA – ECPI University was chosen to receive the prestigious "2022 Academic Circle of Excellence" award from EC-Council for the second year in a row.

The 2022 Academic Circle of Excellence Award is a high honor within EC-Council, which has over 1,000 academic partners from K-12, technical institutes, colleges, and universities in North America. Only five educational institutions receive this award each year.

ECPI University’s Cybersecurity program uses the foundational knowledge and skills of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) cybersecurity framework, which includes the five-step process of Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Students then move onto advanced ethical hacking classes which incorporates EC-Council materials and labs.

“ECPI University works hard to give our students real-world cybersecurity experience through hands-on activities, industry externships, practical labs, and certifications,” said Dr. Keith Morneau, ECPI University’s Dean of Cyber & Information Security Technology. “We encourage our students to get the most out of their ECPI experience, so they are best positioned for success in their field. It’s so rewarding to be recognized by EC-Council for our role in engaging and educating the future cybersecurity workforce.”

The EC-Council helps organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications. The Council also provides cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses around the world, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and over 2,000 of universities, colleges, and training companies.

For more information on ECPI University’s Cybersecurity programs, visit


About ECPI University (East Coast Polytechnic Institute)

Founded in 1966, ECPI University is a private university with 17 locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas and online. ECPI is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of ECPI may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( The university has programs in technology, nursing, health science, business, criminal justice, and culinary arts. Program availability varies by campus. For more information, visit