Cyber Investigation Specialization

An Optional Specialization for Criminal Justice Majors

Students of computer forensics must be constantly aware of a legal landscape that can change at any moment and must be sufficiently trained to apply the correct rules when collecting digital evidence to ensure its admissibility in a court trial.

Computer forensics specialists are extremely valuable to employers who face challenges in keeping up with increasingly technological crimes. The best career opportunities will go to the most highly-trained professionals in the collection and management of digital forensics used in prosecuting cyber-criminals.

  • Gain awareness of codes of conduct both explicit and implicit in the rules for searching and seizing digital evidence in order to insure that those who review their work will have confidence in them and their work.
  • Find and collect evidence on many digital devices including, but not limited to, computers, mobile devices, removable media, game consoles, among others
  • Study digital forensic examinations of many types of file systems, operating systems and hardware devices
  • Draft search warrants and subpoenas for digital evidence that meet the standards for "probable cause" and "particularity" that have been set by the courts
  • Authenticate digital evidence, recognize hearsay evidence and understand which additional steps must be taken in order to make this evidence admissible.

Courses in this specialization currently include: