Montreat College is proud to announce the official publication of The Code of Honor: Embracing Ethics in Cybersecurity, a groundbreaking book co-authored by Montreat College President Paul Maurer and Ed Skoudis, a member of Montreat’s Board of Trustees and a leading cybersecurity expert. The work is grant sponsored by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity with support from the National Security Agency (NSA).

In a presentation last month in Louisville, President Maurer introduced the book to representatives from approximately 500 colleges and universities that have been designated Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity by the NSA. Starting this fall, The Code of Honor will be integrated into the curricula of leading cybersecurity institutions across the country, equipping future cybersecurity professionals with essential ethical frameworks.

“Ethics is not something you just wake up one day and do, but rather it is a way of thinking that must be taught, practiced, and understood over time so that it can be fully developed within an individual, a team, and a company,” comments the book’s formal synopsis. “This book provides a way forward through engaging discussions, best practice guidelines, and real-world case studies.”

Before crafting the book, Maurer and Skoudis spent a year documenting various ethical dilemmas they witnessed in the cybersecurity industry over several decades. From those discussions, they formulated a Code of Honor that provides a practical and defining framework for ethical decision-making.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s also been a great privilege to serve our country, our government, and higher education in this way,” noted President Maurer. “Our prayer is that this book will help cyber professionals as they make critical, high-stakes decisions on a day-to-day basis.”

Ed Skoudis, the president of the SANS Technology Institute and a renowned expert and leader in the cybersecurity sector, brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insight to the book, making it a valuable resource for students, cybersecurity workers, and anyone who serves the public through essential services like healthcare, government, and commerce. The collaboration between Maurer and Skoudis ensures that The Code of Honor is not only theoretically sound but also applicable in the fast-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.

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