Top 50 Online CyberSecurity Associate Colleges logoThis program is designed to fill a critical and growing need for cyber security personnel in the public and private sector. Upon completion, you will be capable of investigating computer crimes, properly seizing and recovering computer evidence, and aiding in the prosecution of cyber criminals.

Skills learned enable you to investigate computer crimes, develop security best practices, and secure network infrastructure.

To combat computer related crime, you will also understand counter measures against hacking, spam, and computer viruses through network intrusion detection and evidence gathering. The work of cyber crime investigators often aids in criminal investigations, supports lawsuits, and prevents future attacks.

Courses help individuals develop an understanding of identity theft, networking, incident response, exploitation, social engineering, black hat/gray hat hacking, and network security. Counter measures against hacking, spam, and computer viruses through cyber sleuthing and evidence gathering are used to combat cyber crimes.

Careers in Cyber Security & Digital Crime can be found in local, regional, and national sectors such as governmental agencies, law enforcement and security, homeland security, law firms, businesses: human resources and information technologies, insurance agencies and companies, banks and credit card companies, health services, and educational systems.

Professional opportunities are plentiful in this innovative and expanding career.

To register or if you have questions:

Colleen Clifford
Career Navigator
Sioux City Campus, Admissions A303
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,672.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,738.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Transfer Agreements

Western Iowa Tech Community College has articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities in the region. Most or all of this degree is accepted by the four-year schools listed below, which means you can continue your education and earn a bachelor's degree. Admissions criteria vary slightly for each school. It is important to talk to your admissions advisor right away to select transferrable classes.

Required Classes for Cyber Security and Digital Crime | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
NET 121 Fundamentals of Computers and Networks 3
NET 612 Fundamentals of Network Security 3
NET 617 Implementing Security Policies and Procedures 3
NET 170 Configuring Windows 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
NET 197 Intermediate Networking 3
NET 423 Securing a Linux Environment I 3
NET 425 Network and System Defense 3
NET 351 Python for Cyber Security Professionals 3
NET 621 Network Security Analysis 3
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
NET 424 Securing a Linux Environment II 3
NET 730 Computer Forensics and Investigations 3
NET 426 Offensive Network Security 3
NET 616 VMWare VCP 3
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
NET 450 Incident Response 3
NET 171 Installing & Configuring Windows Server 4
NET 846 Cyber Crime Projects 3
PSY 102 Human & Work Relations 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3

All students must attend the summer Program Orientation, or must meet/contact their Cyber Security & Digital Crime program advisor prior to taking their first course.

All part-time students must meet with a Cyber Security & Digital Crime program advisor to develop a sequential Plan of Study prior to taking their first course. (failure to do so may result in taking longer to complete the program)

Students must take their program core courses in sequence, and during the same semester as is reflected on the published Plan of Study.

Entrance Requirements

Submit your official high school/college transcripts to

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Ryan Sporrer
Information Systems Security Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1494
Sioux City, Room T215
Colt Witt
Cyber Security/Digital Crime Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 2766
Sioux City Campus, TSI Room T238
Greg Strong
Division Chair
712.274.8733 Ext. 1480
Sioux City, Room B109

Advisory Board

Alan Armstrong Computer Service Innovations
Anthony Schuiteman Riverside Technologies, Inc
Kyle Cronin Dakota State University
Gail Curry F&M Bank
Kevin Ehlers Great West Casualty
Marty Van Der Sloot Interstates
Adam Youngberg Thompson Innovation
Charity Sharpe Unity Point
Jeff Crawford Wells' Dairy
Duane Wilmot