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.
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
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Applied Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics
Advanced Technical Certificate in Information Security and Digital Forensics
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
- 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 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.
- Information Security Analysts
- Database Administrators
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
- Computer Network Support Specialists