Cybersecurity Center

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Leeward Community College's Cybersecurity Center showcases a variety of cybersecurity-related programs and resources available to students and faculty.

On August 28, 2018, the College received notification that is officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Two-Year (CAE2Y). This program recognizes collegiate institutions which have met their standards of excellence in Cyber Defense education.

The institutional award was established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CyberWatch for community colleges that have established a robust information assurance program.

Get Involved as an ICS Student

The ICS Hui is an active student club, with great hands-on activities, career events and intriguing games and challenges! Explore the latest newsletters and events. The photo below shows three of our students at the 2018 AT&T Hackathon!

Three ICS students at the ATT Hackathon


The core Cyber Defense program at Leeward CC is in the Information and Computer Science program (ICS). The ICS program provides students with a wide background in Information and Computer Science from learning how to program to networking, operating systems and security fundamentals.. Embedded in this program is a Certificate of Achievement (CA) in Information Security and Certificate of Competence (CO) in Information Security. Both the CA and CO in Cyber Security are built on the knowledge unit requirements for a collegiate institution to be recognized as a CAE2Y. The program also features support for the following industry recognized certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, and Linux+. In addition, our ICS program has an articulation agreement with the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu (UHWO). Once Leeward CC ICS students receive their AS in ICS they can transfer to UHWO and complete the Bachelors of Applied Science in both IT and Information Security Assurance.


The ICS program provides students with an extensive amount of hands-on training. Courses are held in the classrooms that are supported and maintained by the campus.  The classrooms provide students with computers and technical resources where the student gains experience programming computer applications, web applications, configuring and managing virtual systems and networking equipment such as routers, switches and firewalls.

The ICS Program runs a datacenter which provides a virtual desktop infrastructure which is used to support the hands-on portion of  various ICS courses.


The non-credit continuing education course offerings at Leeward CC, is supported by the UHCC System Wide Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT). PCATT offers an extensive selection of Cybersecurity related courses for industry professionals looking to upgrade their skills or learn new skills. Cybersecurity related courses offered include, Security+, CISSP, CEH, CCNA Security, MCSE and much more. PCATT also offers customized training to meet the needs of your organization.


Calendar events of interest to students, such as conferences, training events or industry meetups. No events currently scheduled.


National Cyber League

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Po‘oihe 2016 Cyber Security Exercise


 Information Security at UH

 UH System Security Policies

 Policies and Compliance

 Leeward's Information & Computer Science Program

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