The graduate certificate in Digital Forensics teaches you the innovative tools and leading industry methods for collecting and scientifically analyzing digital devices and data associated with cybercrime. You’ll examine the requirements for supporting legal proceedings in criminal and civil forensics, rules for presenting evidence, and how to maintain a chain of custody for evidence integrity. The process of forensics investigation can destroy the very evidence it is seeking to assimilate. The window of opportunity for collecting evidence can be a few seconds or minutes depending on the sophistication of the perpetrator. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of digital forensics without committing to a degree program.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate data security, integrity, and exposure from multifunctional devices.
  • Analyze various digital forensics models and examine the inherent challenges in the processes for seizing electronic evidence.
  • Analyze concealment and cloaking techniques and technologies such as cryptography, steganography, and data hiding and investigate corresponding legislation and mitigation techniques.
  • Assess and mitigate potential exposures and the risks of the chain of custody and examine the methodologies to mitigate the potentially narrow window of opportunity for collecting digital evidence.
  • Investigate models to examine the financial and societal impact of technology related crime.
  • Appraise the principles, practices, and inherent challenges of the e-discovery process and assess the tools, techniques, and procedures to legally seize and forensically evaluate digital crime scenes.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

ISSC621Computer Forensics3
ISSC630Advanced Cybercrime Analysis3
ISSC641Telecommunications and Network Security3
ISSC650Advanced Digital Forensics (Prerequisite: ISSC621 - Computer Forensics)3
ISSC651Advanced eDiscovery (Prerequisite: ISSC621 - Computer Forensics)3
ISSC680Information Security Management3
Total Semester Hours18