Western Governors University has been recognized by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants as the 2017 Academia Partner of the Year, the highest designation presented by EC-Council to one of its 1,000+ academic partners annually.

"WGU represents EC-Council Academia's mission of preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts," said Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics for the U.S. division at EC-Council. "Their outstanding efforts toward educating students in ethical hacking and digital forensics at the master's level has made a lasting imprint on the cybersecurity community."

EC-Council praised WGU for its commitment to educate and make a difference in the cybersecurity workforce. WGU students can earn EC-Council certifications, in addition to a degree, through the competency-based university's M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and B.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.

"WGU is committed to serving students by developing and providing relevant cybersecurity and information assurance degrees that are credible to both academic institutions and employers," said Carlo Sapijaszko, WGU's IT Curriculum Program Manager. "The overwhelmingly positive student feedback that these programs receive prove that they are an example for the industry."

EC-Council is the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification body, operating in 145 countries and providing the training and certification for over 200,000 information security professionals across the globe. EC-Council is the owner and developer of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), and License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others.