Montreat College announced today that President Paul J. Maurer has been named to serve on the National CyberWatch Center’s Curriculum Standards Panel. In his role, President Maurer will represent Montreat College as it continues to develop its role as a national leader in cybersecurity education, helping to shape the standards and priorities for the teaching of cybersecurity in American institutions of higher education.

The National CyberWatch Center is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. Its Curriculum Standards Panel was created in 2016 to identify the objectives, concepts, abilities, and more that are necessary to develop cybersecurity “capabilities maturity.” Specifically, President Maurer will be contributing to the panel’s development of “information security fundamentals.”

“It is an honor to be named to a panel dedicated to addressing what has become the crisis of our time: cybersecurity,” said President Maurer. “In addition to building a strong technical program, Montreat College is advocating at a national level what we believe is a significant gap in cyber education. At its core, cybersecurity is a people problem as well as a technical problem. Therefore, it is essential that cyber education places a strong emphasis on the character and ethics of the nation’s cyber leaders and operators. I am looking forward to representing this perspective on the Curriculum Standards Panel.”

The announcement of President Maurer’s inclusion on the National CyberWatch Center’s panel points to Montreat College’s increasing role as a national leader in cyber education. Earlier this month, the college was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Montreat College was the first member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to receive this designation and just the fourth college in North Carolina.