Program Description

The Digital Forensics concentration combines core computer science concepts with an in-depth, technical study of digital forensics. The curriculum is highly system-oriented, where students gain deep insights into how operating systems, networks, and computer programs function, and how those systems relate to forensics and security in general. Coupled with these technical computer science topics, a core digital forensics component addresses the forensic process, relevant laws, analysis techniques, as well as report writing. Technical forensics topics include digital evidence acquisition, in-depth file system analysis and data recovery, data carving, incident analysis and evidence correlation, memory forensics, network capture and analysis, as well as small-scale device forensic acquisition and analysis.

Mission Statement

To offer quality education in digital forensics from a computer science perspective through a systems-oriented curriculum that provides the skills and knowledge needed to support digital investigations.

Program History

The concentration in Digital Forensics replaced the previously offered Secure Software Systems concentration. To create a program that is attractive to both students and employers, the Computer Science Department faculty decided in 2010 to approve the change in concentrations. The new curriculum is designed to be a system-oriented, applied program that will provide our students with the skills needed to perform digital investigations in a wide variety of areas, including computer crime investigations, incident response, cyber warfare, and anti-virus research.

The program has enrolled students since the 2011/2012 academic year. The first graduates of the program finished their degree in the spring of 2012.

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