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University of Maryland University College’s undergraduate program in computer networks and cybersecurity receives prestigious Circle of Excellence award from EC-Council

University of Maryland University College’s undergraduate program in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity has received the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) 2017 Circle of Excellence award. The EC-Council, a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills, selected the UMUC program for its commitment to educating the cybersecurity workforce.

“This is a very prestigious honor,” said Ajay Gupta, program chair, computer networks and cybersecurity at UMUC. “It’s a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the impact they are having with our students and on building the cybersecurity workforce.”

UMUC partners with industry-standard certification programs such as the EC-Council, so that students can use the knowledge they gain through certifications and training programs in the electronic commerce and information security space to earn credit toward their degrees. The EC-Council includes more than 1,000 academic partners from K-12, technical institutes, colleges and universities.

“EC-Council runs global partner awards each year to highlight the highest levels of education, training and instruction within our partner communities,” said Wesley Alvarez, director of Academics at the EC-Council. “As a member of our academic partner community, UMUC embodies our motto of preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts.”

The Circle of Excellence award was presented to UMUC at the EC-Council Partner Awards ceremony, held prior to its annual Hacker Halted events in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 8.

About University of Maryland University College UMUC is a world leader in innovative educational models, with award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, and information technology that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, UMUC offers open access with a global footprint and a specific mission—to meet the learning needs of adult students whose responsibilities may include jobs, family and military service. For more information about UMUC, visit

About EC-Council The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body. It operates in 145 countries globally and is the owner and developer of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), and License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others. The EC-Council is proud to have trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally that have influenced the cybersecurity mindset of countless organizations worldwide.