Student Activities at CWI and Beyond

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The Cyber Defense Center hosts several activities for students to participate in as part of community outreach and in collaboration with other universities and institutions. Below you will find dates for current and future events.

  • Current Student Events

    NCL Spring 2023 Competition

    • Gym Open, Jan. 30 – May 27
    • Practice Game, Mar. 20 – 26
    • Individual Game, Mar. 31 – Apr. 2
    • Team Game, Apr. 14 – 16
    • 7 members per team @ $35 each

    The National Cyber League's (NCL) mission is to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by providing high school and college students, as well as their coaches, an online, safe platform of real-world cybersecurity challenges. The NCL's virtual training ground features a competitive process and supportive community helping students develop, improve, and validate their cybersecurity skills. Students’ progress and strengths are validated through their individual Scouting Reports and team rankings, enabling recruiters to easily determine students’ fit for open positions.

    NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

    • TBA
    • 4 members per team @ $25 each

    The NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NICCDC) is a regional, collegiate, cyber defense competition. Participants will be immersed in an environment where they will be required to manage resources and information systems by applying cybersecurity principles and tools to perform the tasks related to system security administration, digital forensics, secure software development, security policy development and compliance, industrial control systems, and the NICE framework. Participants will need to incorporate the information assurance principles outlined in federal policy and standards such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) special publications, Risk Management Framework (RMF), Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). This competition exposes participants to the above-mentioned information assurance attributes through the CIA triad: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.

    CyberForce Competition

    • TBA

    The CyberForce Competition is a defend/attack cyber-physical scenario that helps participants increase their knowledge and understanding of cyber-physical threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences.

    Venture College Cyber Challenge

    • TBA

    This is a ‘reverse pitch’ competition, which means you don’t have to bring your own idea. Participants will choose a problem provided by industry partners and propose a solution in the form of a new venture. Teams will compete for cash prizes as they solve cybersecurity challenges critical to industry growth. At the same time, they will be building a viable venture for themselves and making helpful connections to mentors and industry leaders.

    Venture College will lead participants through a week-long sprint to test, validate, and launch their venture. Teams will be working with industry experts, business leaders, and mentors to help them craft their venture and pitch.

  • Community Outreach Student Volunteer Opportunities

    Laptop/PC Checkups

    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

    Hardware Installation Workshop

    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

    Cybersecurity Summer Camps

    The Cyber Defense Center will be hosting Cyber Summer Camps for students in local schools to teach students about cybersecurity in a fun and engaging way. Faculty and students are needed to assist during these week-long camps, held during the summer. To volunteer, email

    Register for Cyber Summer CampsCWI/Boise State Cyber Summer Camp flyer

    General Computer Knowledge Workshops

    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

  • Cybersecurity Speaker Series

    The Cyber Defense Center will be having guest speakers present to students and those interested in cybersecurity about how to succeed in cybersecurity, how to get into the field of cybersecurity, what skills or certifications are recommended for a career in cybersecurity, etc. 

    NetSPI — How to Kickstart Your Career in Pentesting!

    Sept. 28, 2022 at 4 p.m.
    Security Operations Center
    Ada County Center Pintail Building, Room 1425

    This event is the first in a series hosted by the Cyber Defense Center on various cyber topics primarily focused on job placement in the industry. This event will be held in collaboration with Boise State University's cybersecurity program. 

    Cybersecuring America: A United Mission

    Oct. 6, 2022  at 11 a.m.
    Security Operations Center
    Ada County Center Pintail Building, Room 1425

    In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, elected officials, government leaders, and industry executives will come together to discuss our united mission to cybersecure America.

  • Student Spotlights

    The Cyber Defense Center will be spotlighting cybersecurity students who are participating in cybersecurity activities or competitions in a monthly series.

  • Extras

    Below you will find information about cybersecurity scholarship opportunities, certification information, free cybersecurity trainings, and more.

    Last Mile Scholarship

    The Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program supports community college degree and industry certificate completion through financial assistance (up to $500) and subsidies for cybersecurity certification exam costs (up to $375). Financial assistance is intended to cover short-term basic needs, such as food, rent, health care, transportation/car issues, and/or a laptop/device. In addition to funding, students will receive a year of LinkedIn Premium and access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack for free. This is not a loan. All students with financial need are eligible, and students from groups who are underrepresented in cybersecurity are especially encouraged to apply. The program is operated by the Last Mile Education Fund and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Microsoft Free Online Cybersecurity Trainings for Educators

    Microsoft Learn for Educators takes the best of learning paths and enables you to bring this Microsoft Official Curriculum and instructor-led training materials into your classroom. Eligible educators and faculty members at colleges, universities, community colleges, polytechnics, and secondary schools can access Microsoft's ready-to-teach curriculum and teaching materials aligned to industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications. These certifications augment a student's existing degree path and validate the skills needed to be successful across a variety of technical careers.

    Microsoft Learn Student Certifications 

    Eligible students can take up to eight Microsoft Learn fundamental certification exams for free this academic year, including the SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals.

    A Chart for Cybersecurity Certifications by Paul Jerimy

    Security Certification Roadmap

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Cyber Defense Center Director
  • Center of Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense Accreditation Alternate Point of Contact