NSA, Homeland Security Designate ECPI University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

ECPI University proudly announces its designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This esteemed recognition extends through 2028.

Earning this designation requires that schools align stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. A team of ECPI cyber faculty and staff collaborated on the multi-month application process, which included an external committee review and a panel interview. The university previously received this designation in 2018. (Read more about requirements)

“Continually meeting the NSA’s rigorous standards showcases our unique proficiency in cybersecurity education,” said ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus. "It emphasizes ECPI University's ongoing commitment to cyber defense, and to producing highly skilled professionals capable of defending our national information infrastructure from evolving threats.” 

 ECPI’s year-round Cybersecurity program offers an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree in just 2.5 years. It focuses on practical, application-based learning in areas such as hardware and software management, data protection, vulnerability analysis, network defense, and security policy development. Additionally, the university prioritizes frequent updates to course content, state-of-the-industry cyber labs, and active faculty and employer partnerships to ensure students receive a comprehensive, real-world education capable of adapting to the evolving cybersecurity landscape.

"ECPI provides a unique pathway for students, from recent high school graduates to career changers, to expand their technical skillset and embark on a career in cybersecurity," said Dr. Keith Morneau, Dean of Computer and Information Science at ECPI University. "To do this, we highlight the integration of experiential learning within a community of practice, creating an environment conducive to learning from experiences and industry experts. It’s just one of the ways we are working to cultivate a robust ecosystem for immersive learning and professional growth."

For more information about ECPI University’s latest CAE-CD designation or its cybersecurity program, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications Jessica Davenport at 757.773.8585 or jdavenport@ecpi.edu.

ECPI is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
Pictured L-R: Dr. David Shoop, ECPI University Vice President of Academic Affairs; Mr. Mark Dreyfus, ECPI University President; Dr. Keith Morneau, ECPI University Dean of Computer & Information Science; Dr. David Breeding, ECPI University Associate Dean Cyber & Information Security Technology; and Ms. Amy Hickman, University Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Jessica Davenport
Release Date:
Tuesday, November 28, 2023