Information Security and Digital Forensics

  • Information Security and Digital Forensics Program, CWI
  • Information Security and Digital Forensics, CWI
  • Information Security and Digital Forensics Program, CWI
The Information Security and Digital Forensics course at the College of Western Idaho is demanding and very educational.
Jane, CWI, ISDF Student
Information Security and Digital Forensics at College of Western Idaho has been very beneficial in several different ways.
Ryan, CWI, ISDF Student

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Overview

The world of information security and digital forensics is an exciting career possibility—and, at CWI, you have an opportunity to join the front line combating hackers who are compromising computers 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 investigation if security is breached.

All students accepted into the program must submit to a criminal background check at their own expense.

Mission

The College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides an Information Security and Digital Forensics program that will ready you with advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect as well as 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
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain local and wide-area computer network systems
  • Use data communication protocols
  • Solve software application problems
  • Troubleshoot hardware problems
  • Set up, print from, program, and back-up computers
  • Work within a TCP/IP environment
  • Communicate well with customers
  • Write a resume, search for a job, and interview effectively
  • Further skills will be learned in the area of specialization

Clubs

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has 43,000... more

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics

AAS

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional

Advanced Technical Certificate in Information Security and Digital Forensics

ATC

16

Delivery Formats:
Traditional

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • CISA requirements
  • Keyboarding
  • 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

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Background Check: 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 Information Security and Digital Forensics program conforms to industry standards with respect to the training of security specialists. Results of the background checks are confidentially retained by the Information Security and Digital Forensics 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 successful placement in the Information Security and Digital Forensics Program. Derogatory information, which may preclude a student from entering the Information Security and Digital Forensics, includes a DUI in the past 3 years or a felony in the past 7 years. If you have questions, please contact the program chair.  

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.

Career Info

Professions

  • Information Security Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
  • Computer Network Support Specialists

Locations

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709