Unlock the Secrets of Cybersecurity and be a Leader in Digital Defense

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Program Overview

Are you ready to become a key player in the fight against cyber threats? At College of Western Idaho (CWI), the Cybersecurity program is designed just for you, preparing you to safeguard systems in our digitally-driven world. Understanding of computer technology, Internet navigation, and file management is essential, and we are here to elevate your skills. You have two paths to choose from: a traditional, two-year, in-person option beginning each fall or an accelerated 18-month, hyflex option with entry points during select semesters. Request more information to learn more.

Certified with the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program (CAE-CD), issued by the National Security Agency (NSA), our program immerses you in hands-on lab work, simulating real cyber threats. You will learn from professionals who have been in the trenches of cybersecurity, gaining insights only experience can teach. Whether you are aiming for certifications like CompTIA’s Network+ or CYSA or preparing for a high-demand cybersecurity role, this program is your stepping stone. Get ready to be at the forefront of digital defense, equipped with knowledge and skills that make a difference.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate


$9,053 – 9,887

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

Learning Opportunities

  • Face Real-World Challenges: Engage in hands-on labs where you will tackle actual cybersecurity scenarios.
  • Learn from the Experts: Gain insights from instructors who bring their real-world cybersecurity experiences into the classroom.
  • Achieve National Recognition: Benefit from a program celebrated for its excellence in cyber defense education.
  • Certification-Ready: Prepare yourself for important cybersecurity certifications, enhancing your professional profile including CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, CYSA+, Server+, and Cloud+.
  • Choose Your Learning Path: Select between a comprehensive two-year journey or an accelerated online path tailored to your lifestyle.

Cyber Defense Center

Center of Academic Excellences in CybersecurityCWI's Cyber Defense Center offers cybersecurity awareness, best practices, news, events, and activities for Idaho communities, businesses, partners, and students while striving to advance U.S. Federal Government, State of Idaho, and industry initiatives in cyber defense.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Cybersecurity – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Cybersecurity - Advanced Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.


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  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network , wide area network , data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.


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  • Information Security Analysts

    Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.


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  • Computer Network Support Specialists

    Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks , wide area networks , cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.


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  • Computer Network Architects

    Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks , wide area networks , intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.


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  • Database Administrators

    Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.


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  • Database Architects

    Design strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Set standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Model, design, and construct large relational databases or data warehouses. Create and optimize data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"I have learned so much about the dangers of using an unprotected computer and the dangers of websites that I am more cautious about what I do, what I share, and who I share with. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in protecting their privacy, their identity, and educating others on the dangers of ignorance concerning your technical life. "
Student, Cybersecurity


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