B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation Specialization

Program Overview

Catch cybercriminals with the latest tools and technologies.

$600 billion — that's what cybercrimes cost businesses worldwide according to a 2018 report conducted by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).1

$600 billion — that's what cybercrimes cost businesses worldwide according to a 2018 report conducted by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).1

Cybercrime and Fraud Professionals Needed

The number of ways fraud and cybercrime can be committed is dizzying: Piracy, espionage, denial-of-service attacks, hacking, identity fraud, dissemination of worms and viruses. These are just a few of the ways cybercriminals inflict harm.

In Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity with the Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation specialization, you'll gain experience using cryptography, computer forensics, and steganography techniques. You'll learn to leverage the latest technologies to conduct cybercrime and fraud investigations and bring white-collar criminals to justice.

Utica College is a leader in cybersecurity education, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

 
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          Career Outlook

          Companies need cybersecurity professionals who can lead efforts to prevent and detect fraudulent activity, then minimize damage if or when it occurs. According to the 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey:2

          • Only 54% of companies have conducted a general fraud or economic crime risk assessment in the past two years

          • Less than 50% have ever conducted a cybercrime risk assessment

          • 1 in 10 had not performed any risk assessments at all in the past two years

          As cybercrimes and fraud make bigger headlines and people's personal data is compromised, the pressure for CEOs to be held accountable for a lack of cybersecurity has increased. As a result, 43 percent of companies surveyed are increasing spending to combat fraud.2 That investment means more opportunities for you.

          When you graduate from the cybercrime and fraud investigation specialization, you'll have hands-on experience through the use of Utica's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Having worked directly with many of the tools and platforms used in the profession, you'll stand out from other job applicants and possess the skills to make an immediate impact in your work.

          Career Spotlight: Fraud Investigator

          $69,520/year

          As a fraud investigator, you could work across industries in private companies and government agencies. You would be responsible for knowing the applicable laws to carry out an investigation so evidence can be efficiently gathered and used in a court of law. You would search physical and digital evidence, serve and execute warrants, and conduct surveillance.3

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Anti-Money Laundering Analyst/Investigator/Compliance Specialist
          • Credit/Debit Card Fraud Investigator
          • Fraud Detection Analyst
          • Internal Fraud Investigator/Auditor
          • Fraud Prevention/Risk Analyst

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Gain Experience Conducting Investigations

          The topics covered in this specialization span the intersection of fraud and cybercrime and include economic crime theory, white-collar criminology, applied cryptography, and fraud prevention and detection technologies.

          You'll gain experience in computer forensics, cryptography, steganography, compliance, security policies, and various aspects of white-collar crime and fraud investigation.

          When you complete the Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation specialization, you'll have the skills to prevent and combat white-collar crime and conduct investigations.

          Course Spotlight: CYB 321 – White-Collar Criminology

          Learn the history, definitions, categories, victims, trends, theories, policies, and societal reactions to corporate and other forms of white-collar crime to better understand how you can catch the criminals who commit it.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: CYB 455 – Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics III

          Understand the theories and techniques for tracking attackers across the internet using practical exercises from case studies of Internet-based crimes.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can earn your bachelor's degree in approximately three years by taking one class every 8 weeks in each 16-week semester. With Program Director permission, you can complete the program in a shorter time frame by taking more credits per semester.

          Opportunities abound in this incredible field. There will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity by 2021 and it's projected cybercrime will cost organizations worldwide $6 trillion.

           

          Companies desperately need qualified information security experts. 100,000 new jobs were posted in 2016 alone, and the median pay for entry-level Information Security Analysts was $95,510 in 2017.

           

          Learn more about your career outlook in cybersecurity.

           

          You don't need a background in cybersecurity or computer science to apply to this program. Learn more about the admission requirements for this program.

          This 60–63-credit program (variable based on your specialization and senior project) costs $475 per credit hour. Before including fees and other education costs, your tuition estimate is $28,500–$29,925.

          Learn more about tuition for this program.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          To begin with, you'll take classes that give you a solid foundation of cybersecurity and computer science knowledge and skills. You will also focus your coursework through one of four specializations:

          • Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
          • Information Assurance
          • Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
          • Cyber Operations

          Learn more about how our cybersecurity curriculum prepares you to guard private information, identify network weaknesses, and defend against threats from hackers, malware, and other cyberthreats.

          SOURCES:

          1BusinessWire (2018, February 21). New Global Cybersecurity Report Reveals Cybercrime Takes Almost $600 Billion Toll on Global Economy. Retrieved on November 29, 2018, from https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180221005206/en/New-Global-Cybersecurity-Report-Reveals-Cybercrime-Takes
          2PricewaterhouseCoopers (2018). Pulling fraud out of the shadows. Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018. Retrieved on November 29, 2018, from https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/forensics/global-economic-crime-and-fraud-survey-2018.pdf
          3O*Net Online (2018). "Summary Report for: 13-2099.04 - Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts." Retrieved on November 29, 2018, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2099.04