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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.
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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The CWI Cybersecurity program will ready you with advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Cybersecurity - Associate of Applied Science Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Cybersecurity - Advanced Technical Certificate
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Fall 2022||Spring 2023||Summer 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||April 11||November 14||n/a|
|Open Registration Begins||April 18||November 21||February 27|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||July 30||December 17||May 13|
|Admission Deadline2||August 13||January 7||May 27|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||August 19||January 13||June 2|
|Tuition and Fees Due||August 19||January 13||June 2|
|Classes Begin3||August 22||January 17||June 5|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- General computer skills
- Ability to learn
- Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
- Good communication and writing skills are helpful
- Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
When preparing for a career in the area of information security, a quality background check is essential for the protection of both the student and the training institution. Security professionals are held to a higher standard than many information technology professionals which is why many employers will require a background check before hiring any new security personnel. A background check will ensure that the Cybersecurity program conforms to industry standards with respect to the training of security specialists.
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.
Only students who have officially declared Cybersecurity as their chosen program should complete the background check. If you have questions, please contact your student advisor.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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- Cyber Security Incident Responder
- Computer Forensic Specialist
- Security Specialist
- Security Administrator
- Entry Level Penetration Tester
- Security Systems Administration
- IT Security Consultant
Program Department Chair
- Administrative Specialist
- Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Bookkeeping and Accounting
- Cisco Networking and Security Technologies
- Collision Repair Technology
- Computer Support Specialist
- Dental Assisting
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- Education, Early Childhood
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- Heavy Equipment Technician
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- Medical Assistant - Credit
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- Nursing, Practical
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