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Center for Cyber Excellence

Center For Cyber Excellence

Prepare for an Exciting Career in Cybersecurity

Gain the critical skills you need to help protect and defend information systems from attack through the Center for Cyber Excellence at Liberty University. Here, you’ll become proficient in ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data. You will also learn how to preserve and restore systems and to develop risk management skills.

The Center for Cyber Excellence provides guidance and oversight of the cybersecurity programs at Liberty University.

With a mission to establish Liberty as the premier location for cybersecurity study, research, and hiring, the Center is committed to preparing you for success in this rapidly growing field.

Through our center, you’ll have the advantage of interacting with experienced instructors who are grounded in their faith and who care about your development and growth as an upcoming professional in the field.

Gain all the benefits that come along with an active cybersecurity center that encourages research, service, and the effective application of technology from a Christian worldview.

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program

The Center for Cyber Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Defense, is excited to offer a one-year, full-ride scholarship for cyber scholars. This program is best suited for students who want to enter the cybersecurity field where they can work on circumventing national-level threats. This opportunity to work on real-world problems and gain experience can greatly accelerate your career and help you to succeed in the field.

Learn more about the Cyber Scholarship Program

National Cyberwatch Center

Liberty is a member and supports the National Cyberwatch Center through participation in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) competitions.


The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency have designated Liberty University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for the B.S. in Information Technology with Data Networking and Security Cognate.

Cyber Security Designation DHS
Cyber Security Designation NSA

External Board of Advisors

The Center of Cyber Excellence is proud to have the following members on the external board of advisors:

  • Tony Martin – BWXT Technologies, Inc. (Senior Manager, IT Cyber Security)
  • Mike Goetz – City of Lynchburg, VA (CIO)
  • Cathy Brown – Clearwater Compliance (VP Professional Services)
  • Laks Prabhala – IPNS Inc (EVP & Chief Technology Officer)
  • Phil Offield – W.R. Berkley (VP Head of Information Security Architecture)
  • Arron Mathes – CGI (VP, Consulting Services, Sector Leader, US Mid-Atlantic)
  • Jeremiah Sahlberg – Tevora (Dir, Info. Sec. and Compliance, East Coast Operations)
  • Ron Parsons – TecSec (VP Engineering and Development)
  • Eric Huber – NW3C (Vice President of International & Strategic Initiatives)
  • Mark Miller – CloudFit Software (Chief Federal Architect)
  • Allen Harper – T-Rex Solutions (EVP)
  • Jim Emerson – NW3C (VP of International & Strategic Initiatives)
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