Bring criminals to justice across the globe using digital evidence.
Utica College’s online Network Forensics and Incident Response specialization in the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares you with the exciting knowledge and skills to conduct computer network investigations when cyber-related incidents occur.
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Merge Disciplines to Defend Against Cybercrime
This specialization brings together both computer science and computer forensics to give you the hands-on experience necessary to safely and ethically collect digital evidence, recover data, and organize digital imaging to help law enforcement prosecute those responsible for cybercrimes. You’ll also learn what it takes to prevent attacks and make an organization’s network stronger through vulnerability assessments, cybersecurity scripting, and Python programming.
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.
Eighty-six percent of executives reported their company experienced a cyber incident or data theft, loss, or attack between 2017 and 2018.1 With a stat like that, it’s no wonder employment for careers like information security analyst are growing much faster than average and on pace for up to 128,500 jobs by 2026.2
As a graduate of this specialization, you’ll be prepared for entry-level opportunities in industries like law enforcement, health care information security, and corporate or industrial security.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIGITAL FORENSICS INVESTIGATOR
As a digital forensics investigator, you would work with law enforcement agencies and private firms to obtain digital information in a way that’s vital to closing investigations and prosecuting cybercriminals. You’d also be the expert that rebuilds the system to recover lost data if equipment has been damaged.3
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: NETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR
As a network security administrator, you’d be in charge of tasks like monitoring suspicious activity, running regular backups, and maintaining user accounts. You’d be the person to detect weakness in an organization’s network and develop internal procedures to find those vulnerabilities.4
Other titles you may qualify for:
- Computer Forensics Investigator
- IT Security Consultant
- Penetration Tester
- Law Enforcement
Curriculum: Gain Valuable, Hands-On Experience
Utica’s hands-on curriculum integrates the latest technologies and data available in criminology, criminal justice, financial crime, and computer forensics. Through an innovative, multidisciplinary approach, you’ll learn critical cybersecurity skills like information system audits and incident response tools.
Course Spotlight: CYB 356 – Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics
Focus on digital information retrieval methods through exercises in search, recovery, imaging, analysis, and preserving evidence.Explore Courses
CYB 438 – Mobile Device Forensics
Learn to execute a Mobile Forensics investigation, including cellular device data storage; cellular network functionality; evidence collection, preservation, and examination techniques; results verification; and the forensic process. You’ll also evaluate mobile forensic tools through hands-on practical exercises and research presentations.
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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.
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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.
- Kroll Global Fraud & Risk Report – Forging New Paths in Times of Uncertainty (10th Annual ed., pp. 4-20, Rep.). (2017/2018). New York City, NY: Kroll. PDF downloaded from https://www.kroll.com/en/insights/publications/global-fraud-and-risk-report-2018
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts. Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
- Glassdoor (2018). “Digital Forensics Investigator: Salary.” Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/digital-forensics-investigator-salary-SRCH_KO0,30.htm.
- Glassdoor (2018). “Network Security Administrator: Salary.” Retrieved November 28, 2018 from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/network-security-administrator-salary-SRCH_KO0,30.htm.