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Passionate about connecting with others and helping our community, College of Western Idaho (CWI) invites all to participate in a variety of cybersecurity events and activities organized, co-organized, and sponsored by the College's Cyber Defense Center, partners, and other institutions. 

Upcoming CWI Events and Activities

Cybersecurity Awareness Training 

Increase your awareness in cybersecurity by participating in a free, online training provided through Amazon. This 15-minute training covers secure communication, data classification, phishing, physical security, social engineering, data privacy, third-party/application security, laptop standards, data protection, and acceptable use.

Current CWI students are encouraged to participate in the training and can do so by visiting myCommons in Blackboard. Others interested in participating can do so directly through Amazon. A certificate may be downloaded upon completion of the training.

CWI Students: Earn your Cybersecurity Badge Participate in Amazon's Cybersecurity Awareness Course

Community Outreach Events

Cyber Summer Camp

June 26 – 30 

Join CWI's Cyber Defense Center and Boise State University for Cyber Summer Camp! This week-long daytime event is aimed at teaching high school students the basics of computing, cybersecurity, and information technology through a hands-on, fun, and engaging experience. Students will learn about Cyber Blue Teams, operating systems, how to build a desktop computer, and be able to participate in a capture the flag event at the end.

Computer Science and Information Technology faculty and students are needed to assist during these week-long camps, held during the summer. To volunteer, email

 Cyber Summer Camp Flyer Register for Cyber Summer Camp

July 24 – 28

Registration opening soon!

Join us for a five-day summer day camp and learn the basics of computing and cybersecurity. This program is designed for high school students to introduce them to the growing field of cybersecurity through hands-on activities. Campers will receive their own Raspberry Pi and learn the basics of programming, circuit design, and cyber-physical systems.

Campers will also get to interact with peers and mentors and explore the possibilities of a challenging and rewarding career path. On the last day of camp, campers will get to use their new skills to solve challenging puzzles and participate in a capture the flag activity facilitated by the Idaho National Laboratory. No prior knowledge or skills are required.

High School Teacher Cyber Training Workshop

Coming Soon!

High school teachers are invited to join CWI's Cyber Defense Center for this workshop covering cybersecurity content that can be taught in high schools, an overview of cybersecurity elements, and principles of good cyber hygiene. This workshop will also have lab elements to practice what is being delivered. Teachers will be able to use content from this workshop in any of their technology courses. Those interested may set up a dual credit offering with CWI in the future. The workshop will meet state-approved cybersecurity high school teaching standards. 

Idaho Cyber Range Event Day

April 28 & Oct. 13

Ada County Center Pintail Building

Students on our respective campuses are invited to participate in an ICR Event Day.

The ICR Event Day will consist of 6 – 8 activities related to general STEM and specifics about cybersecurity As an example: Network packet sniffing with Wireshark, in which we will discuss network monitoring and demonstrate Wireshark. We will then have the participants, working together in groups through a lab exercise, using Wireshark to load and examine a packet capture file and score points based on questions they can answer about packets in the file.

Many other presentations and labs will be available throughout the day. In October, we are going to host a bigger ICR Event Day and invite members of the public. 

Idaho Cyber Range Flyer


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The Cyber Defense Center will be working with faculty and students to evaluate currently installed hardware and system performance on laptops or PCs for individuals within the community. Recommendations will then be provided on how to improve performance by changing system settings, upgrading hardware and what would be needed, as well as how to improve the security of the system. 

The Cyber Defense Center is looking for students interested in assisting in these workshops. To volunteer, email


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The Cyber Defense Center will also be offering a follow-up workshop in which faculty and students will show individuals in the community how to install their hardware upgrades, how to analyze or change their laptop or PC performance settings themselves, and offer additional security recommendations, if needed.

The Cyber Defense Center is looking for students interested in assisting in these workshops. To volunteer, email


Coming Soon!

The Cyber Defense Center will be hosting workshops on general computer knowledge. These workshops will assist those in the community who have an interest in learning about computers.  If you know someone who would be interested in learning how to work a computer, what the icons on their desktop are for, how to set up a webcam so they can talk to family members, or any other general computer need, this is a great workshop to sign up for. The Cyber Defense Center will have faculty and students assisting with these workshops and answering questions.

If you are interested or know of someone who may benefit from this type of general computer knowledge, email

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Cyber Defense Center Director
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