Advanced Studies in Computer Forensics: Online Certificate Curriculum

Curriculum Details


This Certificate of Advanced Studies in Computer Forensics lets you take a deep dive into the detailed knowledge and hands-on investigative skills it takes to solve computer- and network-related incidents in today's modern, digital world.

In as few as 12 months, you'll learn how to apply computer forensics tools and techniques to solve malicious cyber attacks. You'll also understand and analyze the role that data hiding, steganography, and anonymity play in investigations, while exploring the ethical constraints associated with computer and network forensic investigations, and more.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Major Course Requirements Total Hours:

CYB 624 Essential Topics and Emerging Trends in Cybercrime InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Examine topics, concepts, trends, and methods in computer and network forensic investigation. Acquire skills and knowledge related to digital evidence collection and evaluation; legal issues; and international, jurisdiction, and privacy issues.

CYB 642 Access Methods and Data HidingCredit Hours: 3

Explore data hiding, including methods of anonymity, steganography, cryptography, and anti-forensics.

Prerequisite: CYB 605, CYB 610, CYB 633, and CYB 673, or permission of instructor

CYB 651 Computer Forensics and Investigation MethodsCredit Hours: 3

Examine techniques and tools used by computer forensics investigations such as acquisition, preservation, recovery, and analysis of evidence obtained from portable and stationary computer storage devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cell phones.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

CYB 652 Intrusion Forensics and Network AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

As advances in technology increase the frequency of computer-related crime and victimization, experts are needed in detecting unlawful intrusion and the parties responsible. Examine the ethical considerations and proper procedure for intrusion analysis and the forensic investigation that follows.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor

CYB 653 Network ForensicsCredit Hours: 3

Gain an introduction to identifying data of evidentiary value within network communications.

CYB 659 Advanced Topics in Computer ForensicsCredit Hours: 3

Learn about advanced topics and concepts in cybersecurity and computer forensics including cyber defense tools, attack methods, and technologies.

Prerequisites: CYB 605, 610, 633 and 673, or permission of instructor

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