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Computer Crime & Forensics

Degree Designation

Undergraduate Minor

Program Level

Undergraduate

Program Type

Minor

Program Academic Focus

Residential Program

Program Description

Professors Michael Battig, Huw Read, Frank Vanecek; Associate Professors Matthew Bovee, Jeremy Hansen, and Charles Snow; Assistant Professors Jonathan Adkins and Lauren Provost; Lecturer Kristin Hayes, Kris Rowley.

Cybercrime is a pervasive threat and the organizational demand for individuals capable of providing collaboration and support in dealing with this threat continues to grow. To prepare students from a variety of disciplines with the foundational study for this demand, the Computer Crime and Forensics minor provides a background in criminal justice and digital forensics, as well as computer science, computer programming, and information assurance. Students wishing to pursue the minor must obtain the approval of the School Director and complete each of the required courses with a grade of C or higher.

Goals:

To develop in students:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the fundamentals of computer science, cybersecurity, and information assurance;

  • A foundation of understanding and skills in digital forensics and cyber-investigation;

  • The foundation for practical work and further study in information assurance, cyberlaw, and digital forensics;

  • Understanding of the constraints, legal procedures, and multi-jurisdictional nature and scope, of digital incidents and the responses to them; and,

  • The ability to identify, think critically, analyze, and solve, cybercrime and cyberlaw problems.

Additional Program Information

Minor is eligible for residential programs.

Objective

Use of the fundamental concepts and terminology regarding computers, computer security, and information assurance;

Objective

Application of the essential cybercrime and digital forensic concepts, techniques and procedures;

Objective

Ability to recognize, define, and use, the technical terminology of information assurance (IA);

Objective

Application of the fundamentals of information assurance in both personal and organizational contexts;

Objective

A breadth of knowledge and the ability to apply it regarding cyberlaw and cybercrime, including: identifying and classifying cybercrimes; the motivations of cybercriminals; seizure and handling of digital evidence; admissibility of digital incident evidence; preparing and delivering professional testimony; and, the key regulations and laws regarding cybercrimes of varying types and jurisdictions

Objective

High ethical, personal and professional standards, especially in regards to information assurance and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society

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