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The Information Security and Digital Forensics course at the College of Western Idaho is demanding and very educational. Jane, CWI, ISDF Student
I would highly recommend it [Information Security and Digital Forensics Program] to future students who are looking to expand their knowledge in the IT world of system security. Ryan, CWI, ISDF Student
Our Cybersecurity (CSEC) program is a logical progression from Information Security and Digital Forensics (ISDF) with the emphasis on networks without borders. Don Bowers, CWI, CSEC Associate Professor

The world of Cybersecurity is an exciting career possibility—and, at CWI, you have an opportunity to join the front line combating hackers who are compromising networks around the world. The goal of this program is to prepare security professionals to protect an organization’s data by taking preemptive measures against malicious attacks and to perform forensic investigations if security is breached.

CWI offers you the opportunity to take classes both in the daytime and evening. Contact your advisor for the schedule and details.

Background Check

Students registered for Cybersecurity classes must complete a background check prior to the census date of the semester. Completion of the background check and fee is the responsibility of the student.

Your advisor will have details on the process to complete the background check.

Results of the background checks are confidentially retained by the Cybersecurity program at CWI. If derogatory information is found as a result of the background check, further review of the student in question may be required before beginning the Cybersecurity program. Derogatory information, which may preclude a student from entering the Cybersecurity program, includes a DUI in the past three (3) years or a felony. Because students must sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), students must be 18 years or older to enter the program. Only students who have enrolled in Cybersecurity classes should complete the background check.


The College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides an adaptive and industry-competitive Cybersecurity program that prepares students for continuing their education in cybersecurity; as well as providing opportunities to connect with a global community of industry professionals.

Why This Program

Computers around the world are systematically victimized by rampant hacking. This hacking is not only widespread, but it is being executed so flawlessly that the attackers compromise a system, steal everything of value, and completely erase their tracks within 20 minutes. This program will prepare technicians to protect an organization’s data by taking preemptive measures against malicious attacks.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Install and configure computer hardware and software
  • Configure virtual machines, virtual machine storage, and virtual networks
  • Configure internal and external security mechanisms
  • Describe the five basic principles in a defense
  • Identify payloads of malware
  • Examine web applications, forms attacks, SQL injection and plan countermeasures
  • Monitor network pathways for signs of a compromised systems
  • Develop policies and procedures in the collection of digital evidence
  • Create a "First Responder" toolkit for crime scene investigations
  • Examine and prepare for actual courtroom cases involving digital forensic investigations
  • Create a policy and profile for collecting evidence for mobile devices
  • Demonstrate proficiency in collecting network information through industry standard penetration testing methodologies


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Additional Opportunities

The CWI Cybersecurity program will ready you with advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Lower Gear Cycles team accepting prize money on state at Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

College of Western Idaho students joined students from across the state this spring to compete for more than $50,000 in prize money and services to advance their startups.

Jessica Chapple, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for January 2022.

Congratulations to Student Success Advisor, Jessica Chapple, named College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for January 2022.

Cybersecurity instructor, Troy Taylor, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for October 2021.

Congratulations to Cybersecurity instructor, Troy Taylor, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for October 2021.

CWI Foundation receives $5,000 for scholarships from Allied Business Solutions

Allied Business Solutions donates $5,000 to empower Information Technology students at CWI.

Seven College of Western Idaho (CWI) faculty members who now hold the faculty rank title of full Professor.

Congratulations to the inaugural group of CWI faculty who now hold the rank title of Professor.

CWI's Student Achievement Award Recipient, Sahib Saleh

CWI's Student Achievement Award Recipient, Sahib Saleh, emigrated from Iraq to start a new life in Boise.