CIS and cybersecurity program student activities

CIS and cybersecurity students take advantage of several experiences to enhance training and improve professional development.

  • Students in the CIS program participate annually in the Pacific Rim Cyberdefense Competition. Click here to view a short film of the first competition held in 2008.
  • Students also participate in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
  • The student-run IT Professional's help desk is a free service provided by CIS students, under the direction of CIS faculty, to anyone on Whatcom's campus. CIS students diagnose, troubleshoot and problem solve a wide variety of desktop and laptop issues.
  • IT Professionals of Tomorrow is the student club for anyone interested in the field of information technology. The club meets regularly throughout the quarter.
  • Once students begin the CIS program, they gain access to a variety of technology resources, including:


westernlogo_hires online_38 percent original sizeAttn.: All second year AAS-T cybersecurity students

Apply now if you plan to start Western Washington University's (WWU) Computer and Information Systems Security (CISS) program in fall 2015.

 Important steps:

  1. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  2. Apply to WWU online.
  3. Apply to the CISS program.

Applications are still being accepted!

See the CISS application process instructions for details. Also visit

For assistance and/or to receive future updates about Western's CISS program contact Jenny Hebert, WWU Special Projects Manager, (360) 650-7780 or




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