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).

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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

According to U.S Bureau of Labor statistics, more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, job postings are up 74% over the past five years, and the cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion in 2020.

Sample Courses

CS 345 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.

CS 365 The 3 C’s: Cybercrime, Cyberlaw & 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.

CS 448 Incident Response and Contingency Planning

An examination of the detailed aspects of incident response 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 processes for all three areas of contingency planning – incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity, as well as the execution of response to human and non-human incidents in compliance with these policies.

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
Faculty
Kelli Burgin

Kelli Burgin
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
kelli.burgin@montreat.edu

Jim Tippey

Jim Tippey
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
james.tippey@montreat.edu

Mark Wells

Dr. Mark Wells
Professor of Ethics/Philosophy
mark.wells@montreat.edu

Cybersecurity Advisory Council
Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis
CEO, CounterHack

John Dyer

John Dyer
Executive Director of
Communications and Educational
Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon
Information Security &
Risk Management Executive,
Ally Bank

Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Paul Hawkinson
Adjunct Instructor

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 2018 scholarship is March 15, 2018. Please send completed applications to:

Kelli Burgin, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
kelli.burgin@montreat.edu

Cybersecurity Online

Montreat College also offers a 100% online Bachelor’s of Science in Cybersecurity. To learn more, click here.

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