Program News!

WCC is National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense
New opportunity for high school students!
Baker Hall Remodel Completed
New options for Cybersecurity degree classes
UPDATE: WCC Offers Degree Pathway in Cybersecurity!
WCC Awarded NSF Grant to support CyberWatch Center
Attn.: All second year AAS-T cybersecurity students

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

Important steps and deadlines:

  1. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. February 15, 2015 is the priority deadline.
  2. Apply to WWU online. March 1, 2015 is the priority submission deadline.
  3. Apply to the CISS program. March 1, 2015 is the priority submission deadline.

See the CISS application process instructions for more 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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CyberWatch West
Cisco Networking Academy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Security Agency
Committee on National Security Systems
National CyberWatch Center

CIS Program and Student Activities

CIS 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 Pro'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. Click here to view the club web page and to get current information on meeting dates, contacts, and activities.

  • Once students begin the CIS program, they gain access to a variety of technology resources, including: