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Regent University Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Dec. 7, 2023) – The National Security Agency (NSA) has officially designated Regent University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through the 2028 academic year.

“This esteemed recognition is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students in their pursuit of excellence,” said Dr. Josh McMullen, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “We are grateful that our efforts are seen and will continue to ensure that our impact extends well beyond the classroom.”

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by NSA’s National Cryptologic School.

NCAE-C program aims to create and manage a collaborative cybersecurity educational program with community colleges, colleges, and universities that:

  • Establishes standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence,
  • Includes competency development among students and faculty,
  • Values community outreach and leadership in professional development, 
  • Integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines,
  • Actively engages in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education.

“Meeting the increasing academic demand for cyber security experts is critical because securing data from theft and loss can significantly impact our daily lives,” said Dr. Cheryl Beauchamp, Director, Institute for Cybersecurity. “Regent’s innovative and broad-based curriculum prepares our graduates for a forward-thinking career that helps protect individuals, organizations, and even our government from being breached.”

For information on the extensive curriculum in cybersecurity offered at Regent University, please visit the following websites:

About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university, with more than 13,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University has been ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for 11 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2023).