Computer Forensics Track of Forensic Studies

As computer technology becomes more complex, the ways to breach computer security also become more complex. Incidents of computer crime are increasing at alarming rates. The Computer Forensics Track is designed to prepare students to identify, acquire, restore and analyze electronic data and to testify as experts in court. Further, as the use of digital evidence in litigation becomes more prevalent, students will be prepared to assist in litigation support services in the areas of electronic evidence.

Upon completion of the program, a graduate in the Computer Forensics Track will be able to

  • Identify corporate liability in handling and preserving electronic data.
  • Perform the steps in the collection, handling and preservation of digital evidence.
  • Identify forensic tools and their use in recovering operating systems artifacts and data and the classes of forensic tools and the tasks they perform.
  • Apply the concepts of system policies, auditing and data recovery and perform forensic recovery operations using the latest tool sets.
  • Configure logging utilities to track key events and preserve forensic evidence.
  • Identify the classes of system exploits and the vulnerabilities they attack.
  • Defend the network and system against hacking exploits and evaluate and select appropriate countermeasure products.
  • Design an appropriate recovery strategy, create a disaster recovery plan and develop a plan to test the recovery plan.
  • Develop criteria for comparing intrusion detection systems and firewall products and configure such products to block unwanted transmissions.
  • Synthesize auditing, computer forensic and investigative skills.

Core Courses:

FSCOR 601

Criminal Justice

FSCOR 604

Evidence

FSCOR 606

Internet Research & Writing

FSCOR 607

Forensics Review Journal

FSCOR 664

Litigation Practice and Procedure

FSCOR 702

Mock Trial Capstone

RequiredCourses:

FSIS 600

Computer and Network Essentials for Forensic Investigators

FSIS 640

Technology Law and Enforcement Activities

FSIS 642

File Systems Forensic Analysis

FSIS 643

Incident Response and Evidence Collection

FSIS 644

Windows Forensic Examinations

Electives: (Choose 1)

FSIS 646

Windows Intrusion Forensic Investigations

FSIS 648

Disaster Recovery

FSIS 650

Hacking Exploits and Intrusion Detection

FSIS 652

Linux Forensic Examinations (Proposed)

FSIS 654

Linux Intrusion Forensic Investigations (Proposed)

FSIS 656

Live Network Forensic Investigations (Proposed) FSIS 658 Malicious Code (Proposed)