ECPI receives state, federal recognition for cyber defense education

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ECPI University, which has a campus in Greenville, has been awarded the S.C. Cyber Award for Excellence in Academia.

S.C. Cyber is a statewide initiative that aims to “develop talent, techniques, and tools to defend the connected infrastructure within South Carolina and the United States,” according to a news release.

At its annual summit, S.C. Cyber recognizes government, industry, and academic organizations that demonstrate excellence within their sector.

“ECPI University has been a strong leader in providing students with valued educational and experiential learning opportunities,” Tom Scott, executive director of S.C. Cyber, said in the release.

Dr. Keith Morneau, dean of computer science and information science at ECPI, said the university is “honored that S.C. Cyber has recognized us for our efforts to produce highly skilled cybersecurity professionals”

“Through our partnerships with industry and government, it is our mission to empower students with real-world skills and help close the cybersecurity talent gap,” he added.

ECPI, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, was also recently designated a national center of academic excellence in cyber defense education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To earn the designation, schools must meet stringent criteria and mapping curricula with requirements focusing on course content and relevance, laboratories, and faculty involvement, according to a news release.

“This recognition is a stamp of excellence for our program and our faculty,” Morneau said in the release.

ECPI’s cyber and network security program’s applications-based curriculum teaches students how to:

  • administer, manage, and troubleshoot hardware, software, and services
  • use cybersecurity measures to protect data and manage personnel
  • conduct vulnerability analysis/penetration testing
  • actively monitor and defend networks
  • create basic security policy and procedures

A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.

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