VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local university has been honored with two awards in regards to its cybersecurity education program.

The EC-Council, or E-Commerce Consultants, is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body. Wednesday it was announced that they had given two awards to Vincennes University officials for excelling in cybersecurity education and training across global academic communities. The Academic Circle of Excellence award was given to the program, while the Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence was awarded to VU Information Technology assistant professor Greg Hirsch.

“I am honored to receive the 2021 Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence award from EC-Council,” Hirsch said. “I am fortunate as a professor to have the opportunity to educate aspiring professionals in the field of cybersecurity and to have the phenomenal support of Wesley Alvarez, director of academics, and his entire team at EC-Council to help every step of the way.”

VU is one of only four universities in North America to be honored with the award.

“Professor Greg Hirsch and I have worked extensively to build not just a degree in cybersecurity, but a culture of including cybersecurity education in all of our IT degree programs,” Department Chair Jaci Lederman Said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with EC-Council as we work toward the goal of expanding cybersecurity awareness into degree programs beyond information technology.”