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Online Certificate – Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigation

The certificate in Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigation provides students with a detailed understanding of the technologies used to investigate white-collar crime, financial crime, and fraud. Criminals use cyberspace to commit various crimes such as stealing identities, stealing money, money laundering, and other cyberspace-related scams. The complexity of these crimes requires investigation techniques that are built around sophisticated cyber expertise. In addition, it is imperative that modern cybercrime investigators understand how fraud schemes work and how they are perpetrated. This certificate program provides a depth of knowledge in computer forensic tools and techniques as well as a foundational underpinning in the field of fraud-related crimes.

Utica College is proud to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Courses & Curriculums

Students will learn hands-on investigative skills using the most modern and up-to-date tools and technologies in the following courses:

CYB 228 – Cyber Technologies for Criminal Justice
Overview of the cyber technology issues relevant to modern criminal justice organizations including law enforcement, corrections and the courts.

CRJ 354 – Payment Systems and Fraud
Study of modern payment systems from global perspective. Exposure to fraud within payment systems. Techniques for fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

CYB 355 – Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics I
Intrusion detection methodologies, tools and approaches to incident response. Computer forensic principles, including operating system concepts, registry structures, file system concepts, boot process, and file operations. Introduction to forensic tools.

CYB 356 – Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics II
Digital information retrieval methods. Exercises for search, recovery, imaging, analysis, and preservation of evidence on disk drives and other storage media. Advanced topics such as disk geometry and analysis of UNIX systems.

CYB 455 – Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics III
Theory and techniques for tracking attackers across the Internet. Practical exercises from case studies of Internet based crimes.

CRJ 347 – Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies
Types of proactive technology programs and tools used to prevent and detect the occurrence of fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce and e-business. Includes development and implementation of business models for production and detection products and techniques.

Total Required Credits Hours: 18

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • :: Associate's degree or International equivalent
  • :: Minimum GPA of 2.7. Applicants with GPAs below 2.7 can be admitted at the discretion of the department

Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigation Learning Goals

  • :: Analyze and assess how cyber technologies are applied to financial crime, white collar crime and fraud investigations
  • :: Apply computer forensics tools and techniques to financial crime, white collar crime and fraud investigations
  • :: Understand the technical, legal and ethical implications of conducting a high-technology investigation
  • :: Apply technical, legal and ethical concepts to cybercrime investigations
  • :: Apply fraud prevention and detection tools and techniques to counter complex fraud schemes
  • :: Understand the complexities of payment systems and their role in fraud

Continue Your Education

When you’re ready to advance your education, you may seamlessly transfer your Certificate credits to complete your Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity degree or Bachelor’s in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation in as few as 12 months.1 Not all credit hours may transfer into the Bachelor’s degree. Permission of the Program Director is required.

Additional Certificates of Advanced Study can be found here.

Want to Learn More?

Request More Information or call us today at 315.732.2640 or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

1Students are expected to take 1 class every 8 weeks. Please contact your Program Manager for detailed guidelines.