Cybersecurity at EWU

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New cybersecurity threats emerge every day. At EWU, gain the skills and interdisciplinary knowledge to build the defenses we need.

We prepare students for a dynamic and rapidly evolving field. Offering a comprehensive curriculum that equips students skills it takes to thrive in the cybersecurity landscape.

Our programs go beyond the classroom, providing hands-on experiences and opportunities for real-world applications. By immersing students in practical scenarios and cutting-edge research, we empower them to tackle the complex challenges of cybersecurity confidently.

We understand the importance of collaboration and networking in the cybersecurity field. That’s why we foster connections between students, businesses, and industry professionals. Through internships, partnerships, and networking events, students have the chance to engage with the broader cybersecurity community, gaining valuable insights and building relationships that can propel their careers forward.

Join us and discover the endless opportunities that a degree in cybersecurity provides.

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Degrees in Cybersecurity

Whether you're just starting your journey in cybersecurity or looking to advance your skills, we offer two bachelor degrees and one minor taught in a supportive and dynamic environment where you can thrive.

Cyber Operations <br> Bachelor of Science

Cyber Operations
Bachelor of Science

You will learn all aspects related to cyberspace operations that are both technical and non-technical.

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Computer Science Cyber Operations <br> Bachelor of Science

Computer Science Cyber Operations
Bachelor of Science

Builds upon the cyber operations BS with a deeper understanding of the mathematics and computer science skills for Cyber.

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Cybersecurity <br> Minor


Provides the skills necessary to meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals.

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National Certification

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated EWU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-C). Eastern is the only four-year institution in eastern Washington to earn this classification.

The only four-year institution in eastern Washington to earn a NCAE-C classification.

Student Profile

“I’ve been able to build up my resume, be a tutor and learn how to teach others. My internship and the things I’ve learned in the classroom have taught me how to approach real-life problems.”

Vernice Keyes
Lynnwood, WA | Computer Science

Why Study Cybersecurity at EWU?

One-on-One Guidance

Build confidence with personalized guidance. Each student has individual learning needs and fostering in-depth comprehension of complex concepts. Be prepared for real-world challenges.


You'll have access to mentorship from faculty, peers, and industry professionals, providing comprehensive guidance and support to effectively navigate the growing field of cybersecurity.

National Competition

Join the Cybersecurity Club and compete in the National Cyber League and National Security Club competition. You'll enhance your skills, gain valuable experience and have plentiful networking opportunities.

The Interdisciplinary Difference

You’ll gain hands-on experience with hardware and industrial control systems, that are crucial for today’s cyber landscape. In an interconnected world, understanding both software and hardware vulnerabilities is essential. You’ll learn to identify and mitigate threats across digital and physical domains, ensuring you graduate with the specialized skills needed to safeguard critical infrastructure and protect sensitive data.


Average starting salary for Cyber professionals is $80-100k per year.
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Our Mission


Promote cybersecurity and cyber awareness curriculum that is based on current industry needs, challenges and situations.


Create opportunities for cybersecurity students to expand their knowledge and collaborate on team-based projects.


Connect cybersecurity professionals with students for networking that provides insight into the industry.


In addition to the students earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity minor, there are opportunities to participate in a myriad of cybersecurity events, including membership in the EWU’s Cybersecurity Club.

EWU Cyber students are on their way to the 2024 National Cyber League, a collegiate cybersecurity competition.

About the Center for Network Computing and Cybersecurity

EWU IT Security

The mission of EWU’s Office of Information Security is to protect EWU’s computer networks and the information that flows over it.

To fulfill this mission, our office provides a wide variety of services to the EWU community that help minimize the occurrence and risk of security incidents. We work closely with other higher education institutions, outside security organizations and researchers to stay informed.

Cyberwatch West

Cyberwatch West is a center for cybersecurity education based out of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. Spokane Falls Community College is a member school. They have a large resource pool for colleges and high schools.

Spokane Stem

The Spokane STEM Network fills a niche in our community that no other organization fills by working to transform the way we think, learn, work, and live through STEM by enhancing STEM education opportunities for all youth in the region.

Cybersecurity Guide – Washington State

Cybersecurity Guide is focused on providing information for students seeking a career in cybersecurity.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

The mission of The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is to reduce the risk of systemic cybersecurity and communications challenges in their role as the nation’s flagship cyber defense, incident response and operational integration center.

Women in Cybersecurity WiCys

WiCyS is a global community of women and men, we are dedicated to bringing talented women together to celebrate and foster their passion and drive for cybersecurity.

National Cyberwatch

National Cyberwatch Center consists of a group of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance information security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

IT Career Finder

IT Career Finder helps individuals interested in information technology identify potential careers in the field.

Information Technology Career Guide covers in-depth information regarding information technology career paths, traits and skills for I.T. workers, as well as education and certification requirements for these positions.

Cybersecurity Guide

Cybersecurity Guide is focused on providing information for students seeking a career in cybersecurity.

Cyber Crime Investigation

Criminal activity taking place in the digital world, known as cyber crime, comes in various forms. Like in the physical world, cyber crime is investigated by trained professionals who gather and secure evidence to confront cyber criminal activity and prosecute crimes. This type of investigation is known as a cyber crime investigation. The information from Marysville University can be found here.

Cybersecurity National Jobs

Open national cybersecurity jobs can be found here.

DOE CyberForce Competition

The DOE CyberForce competition encourages unique defense strategies and techniques in safeguarding cyber assets.

National Cyber League

The National Cyber League (NCL) is the most inclusive, performance-based, learning-centered collegiate cybersecurity competition today!

The NCL, powered by Cyber Skyline, enables students to prepare and test themselves against practical cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pen-testing and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks and much more!


The external board of advisors contains local and national industry professionals and faculty from other institutions, to provide programmatic guidance over the activities of the center and the program as a whole. This board provides a connection between the program, Center for Network Computing and Cybersecurity, College of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, the Computer Science Department, and the local community.

Board Leadership

  • Rebecca Long, Future Ada & Engie Impact — Board Chair
  • Joe Dumoulin, Aon — Board Vice Chair
  • Brian Schmidt, Engie Impact — Board Secretary

Individual names have been removed for privacy.

  • Internet Archives
  • LabCorp
  • F5 Networks
  • RiskLens
  • Surge
  • Identity Mind
  • Fast Enterprises
  • Itron
  • Commerce Architects
  • Maplewood Software
  • Intrinium
  • Intellitect
  • Schweitzer Engineering
  • Inland Northwest Health Services

The Center for Network Computing and Cybersecurity (CNCC) supports and coordinates research and education in information assurance and cyber defense in support of Eastern Washington University’s teaching, learning, scholarly, and creative activity goals.

The Center also works to promote all things cybersecurity-related. Our goal is to bring students and businesses together to learn more about cybersecurity, volunteer with the local community, and network with industry professionals.

Contact Us

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Point of Contact: Stu Steiner | 509.730.5788