The Center for Cybersecurity Education and Leadership

Cybersecurity is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in the world today.

The Center for Cybersecurity Education and Leadership at Montreat College provides guidance and oversight to our academic program, to the distribution of cyber defense information, and to collaborative efforts in cybersecurity with an emphasis on combining ethics, leadership, and liberal arts skills with technical proficiency.

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Montreat College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Montreat College’s Cybersecurity degree program teaches a responsible and ethical approach to cybersecurity.

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Montreat cybersecurity students have access to competitive internships with companies like Bank of America, Mission Health, and Harris Corporation.

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Montreat cybersecurity students participate in regional and national competitions and attend professional conferences.

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Montreat College hosts the annual RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference, featuring national leaders and innovators in the field of cybersecurity.

Job Growth

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is very high. According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for information security analysts is expected to grow 28% from 2016-26, much faster than the job market generally.

Sample Courses

CYBR 3312 Principles of Cybersecurity

Examination of current standards of due care and best business practices in Cybersecurity. Includes examination of security technologies, methodologies and practices. Focus is on the evaluation and selection of optimal security posture. Topics include evaluation of security models, risk assessment, threat analysis, organizational technology evaluation, security implementation, disaster recovery planning and security policy formulation and implementation.

CYBER 3321 The 3 C's: Cybercrime, Cyberlaw and Cyberethics

A study of the impact of cybercrimes affecting various entities and organizations engaged in cyberspace transactions and activities including the government, military, financial institutions, retailers and private citizens. The course covers broad areas of law pertaining to cyberspace, including Intellectual Property (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret), Contract, and the U.S. Constitution. The study of Cyberethics addresses a definition of ethics, provides a framework for making ethical decisions undergirded by a biblical worldview, and analyzes in detail several areas of ethical issues that computer professionals are likely to encounter in cyberspace and in business.

CYBR 4542 Incident Response and Contingency Planning

An examination of the detailed aspects of incident response, digital forensics, and contingency planning consisting of incident response planning, disaster recovery planning, and business continuity planning. Developing and executing plans to deal with incidents in the organization is a critical function in information security. This course focuses on the planning and processes to respond appropriately using cyber threat intelligence in the event of a potential cyber event.

Career Opportunities

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Architect
  • Security Administrator
  • Security Software Developer
  • Chief Information Security Officer/Director of Security
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Intrusion Detection Specialist
  • Computer Security Incident Responder
  • Source Code Auditor
  • Virus Technician
  • Vulnerability Assessor/Researcher
  • Penetration Tester
  • Malware Analyst
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Analyst
  • Cyber Forensics Investigator


Kelli Burgin

Kelli Burgin
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Department Chair

Greg Sayadian

Greg Sayadian
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Shalon Simmons

Shalon Simmons
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Jim Tippey

Dr. Jim Tippey
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Mark Wells

Dr. Mark Wells
Professor of Bible and Ministry

Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Hill
Stephen Weese
Danny Mobray

Cybersecurity Scholarship

Montreat College offers cybersecurity scholarships for new and transfer students interested in studying cybersecurity. The award is $2,000 per student, renewable annually, if student maintains eligibility requirements.

Requirements for eligibility:

  • Must be a new or transfer student
  • Must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the cybersecurity major and a career in cybersecurity

Download Cybersecurity Scholarship Application here (PDF)

The deadline to apply for the Fall of 2022 is March 15, 2022. Please send completed applications to: Kelli Burgin, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Department Chair

For students transferring to Montreat College as a Junior/Senior, please see another scholarship opportunity with the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program at Montreat College.

Cybersecurity Online

Montreat College also offers a 100% online Bachelor’s of Science in Cybersecurity.


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