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Idaho State University

Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology (Cyber Physical Security)

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Program Description

We are the only technical college in the nation to offer a degree in securing the computers that control the physical world around us – power plants, oil & gas pipelines, and manufacturing facilities. In this ESTEC associates degree program, you learn to:

  • Program industrial devices such as PLCs and RTUs
  • Create a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system
  • Connect devices to a network in a secure way
  • Identify vulnerabilities in control system architectures and technologies
  • Describe and examine cyber attack scenarios
  • Deploy and monitor solutions that detect suspicious behavior
  • Build systems that can withstand cyber incidents

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Program Overview

  • This program is currently filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Classroom hours in traditional program are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Classroom hours for students with a previous ESTEC degree are taught 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday

Degree Options

Students with no previous experience can complete the program in 2 years. Students with a previous associates degree in IT or an ESTEC field, can earn a second associates degree in one year.


Associates Degree in Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology (2 years)


Second Associates Degree in Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology (1 year)


Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology Intermediate Technical Certificate (1 year)

 Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Industrial control systems security lead
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Instrumentation and control specialist

Women considering this or another Energy Systems program, there are scholarships and special opportunities just for you. Visit the POWER Careers page for more information.

Minimum Test Scores

ACT English: 14 Math: 19
SAT English: 360 Math: 500
ALEKS   Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 232  

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