Digital Evidence Discovery and Digital Evidence Investigation Certificates

Two certificates offer forensic training for students to provide the skills to locate, recover, and analyze digital evidence. They include but are not limited to:

  • Understanding how to identify and safely recover digital evidence from computers, cell phones and other end-user devices;
  • Conducting an analysis of data to determine evidentiary value;
  • Understanding the rules of evidence and applicable law necessary in the collection, preservation and presentation of digital evidence; and
  • Understanding the difference between computer crime and computer related crime in today’s society.

The proliferation and use of technology has resulted in the use of these advances in high-tech crimes as well as changed the method of operation for those involved in criminal activity. For example, fraud may no longer involve “forging checks, etc…”, but now involve debit or credit card fraud. Organized “scams” over the internet are prevalent. Each of these areas requires a new skill set for practitioners in the field. It is common for those involved in criminal activity to have used social media, email, their smartphone or a combination of these while engaged in criminal activity. In addition, IoT (Internet of Things) devices, such as smart home appliances, Fitbits and the Echo capture vast amounts of digital evidence that can be used to prosecute or exonerate a suspect.

The certificates are geared towards the practice of digital forensics. The Digital Evidence Discovery Certificate contains curriculum that includes digital evidence recovery, preservation and collection of vital information from personal computers and networks. The field investigator or probation officer, for example, needs the basic know-how to collect digital evidence and follow approved procedures. The same is true for corporate IT professionals. The Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate provides investigators with a foundation for investigating digital data itself, in the lab. Students interested in the Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate must first complete the Digital Evidence Discovery Certificate. Only one transfer course can be accepted for each certificate (total of two). The two certificates are designed to provide courses that most directly apply to the digital data field and lab investigators. Eight of the ten courses are already required in the Computer and Network Security (CNS) undergraduate degree. The others can be used as electives.

Minimum Grade Policy

Both Digital Forensics Certificates have set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for each course. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any of the specified courses must retake that course.

Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 5 courses to complete each certificate.

Digital Evidence Discovery Certificate

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation

SEC 240 Foundations in Cyber Investigations

SEC 370 Computer Incident Response Course

Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate

SEC 230 Introduction to Linux

SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications

SEC 350 Introduction Computer Forensics

SEC 355 Mobile Device Security and Forensics

SEC 440 Network Forensics

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.