Digital Forensics

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Twenty-first century detective

The Digital Forensics programs will prepare students for careers in such areas as law enforcement, corrections, security and business careers that include any element of data recovery, such as fraud or theft. Coursework provides instruction on digital forensics and data recovery from electronic devices. Classes may include discussion and experimentation with contemporary topics relating to digital/computer forensics including evidence analysis specific to networked environments, investigation and analysis, slack space, swap files and portable data storage/ communication devices including mobile phones. Software and hardware tools are widely used through various case studies and exercises to reinforce discussion topics.​​

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Job Titles

  • Digital Forensics Examiner
  • Computer Forensics Technician
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Private Detective and Investigator
  • Security Management Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analyst

Average pay range: $24-$37/hour

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Completion Options

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Typical work activities:

  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence
  • Reverse-engineer digital hardware and software
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications
  • Document information related to legal proceedings
  • Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants
  • Investigate legal issues
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures
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