Cyber Forensics Program Description

The Master of Science in Cyber Forensics specializes in the process of forensically examining compromised computer systems to identify inappropriate access or data exfiltration and the mechanisms by which the attacks occurred. Students will be trained to implement digital evidence collection techniques and use scientific methods toward the preservation, collection, validation, identification, analysis, interpretation, documentation, and presentation of such evidence. This degree will prepare graduates for positions in a number of industries needing forensic specialists who perform active and defensive computer forensic techniques that extend beyond e-discovery, which is the focus of the existing computer forensics area of concentration in the master’s degree in forensic studies.

Students in this program will use current techniques and tools to analyze systems involved with incidents of unauthorized and inappropriate computer system access, theft of electronic information, cyber attacks, and other cyber crimes. Relevant technical and legal topics are covered to ensure graduates perform thorough incident responses, intrusion analysis, and presentation of findings.

The program will utilize Stevenson's highly specialized virtual lab environment, in addition to hybrid and face-to-face instruction using state-of-the-art forensic technology which allows students to do hands-on work related to advanced forensic analysis, either remotely or on campus. Stevenson's virtual lab environment gives students hands-on, real-time experience in analyzing servers, desktops, laptops, cell phones, firewalls, routers, networks, clouds, and other digital environments that are under "virtual" cyber attack. Students will be trained to implement professional digital evidence collection techniques to identify, analyze, document, and prepare digital evidence for official investigations and legal proceedings.

All coursework can be completed entirely online in 8-week sessions with the exception of an 8 hour residency requirement for CYBF 664 and an 8 hour residency requirement for CYBF 710.