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2018 - 2019 Catalog 
    
2018 - 2019 Catalog

Digital Forensics - AAS


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Program code: AAS.17165

The Digital Forensics program is designed to give you specialized knowledge in digital forensics and the criminal justice field combined with a broad educational background.  The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand for law enforcement, security, and correctional personnel who also maintain specialized training in digital forensics and cybercrime.  As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to seek employment and perform specialized forensic work during your career as a police officer, corrections officer, conservation officer, juvenile officer, private security, detective, special agent, or continue your education to obtain work as a digital forensics examiner.

The Digital Forensics in Criminal Justice track is intended for those wishing to enter one of the criminal justice fields and desire specialized training in digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations or intend to transfer into a baccalaureate program in criminal justice or a related degree.

The Corporate Digital Forensics track is intended for those wishing to enter a career in computer science related fields of study such as malware analysis or network forensics or transfer into a baccalaureate program in digital forensics, cyber security, or a related degree.

Digital Forensics Track


Fall First Year


Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Semester Credits: 17


Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Credits: 62


Corporate Digital Forensics Track


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 17


Fall Second Year


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 14


Total Credits: 63


Notations


  1. A grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is required in all CJ, CSI and CST courses.
  2. Employment within the Criminal Justice and Digital Forensics fields may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.
  3. Membership in InfraGard may be required as part of the program.

Program Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major steps in the digital forensics process.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues involved in cybersecurity.
  3. Demonstrate professional standards of writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods and processes utilized in digital investigations or network forensics.

Program Details


Area of Interest: Public Safety

Degree Type: AAS

CIP: 11.1003

Career Field: Criminal Justice

Program Common Name: Digital Forensics

Semester To Implement: Fall 2018

Catalog Year To Implement: 2018-2019

Type Of Action: New

Action Detail: This is a reworking of the CST - IST Criminal Technology AAS degree. (no change to degree codes or CIP) Moving the Cyber Security program into the Social Sciences Divsion and adding five new CSI courses. Criminal Justice advisory board idea of teaching digital forensics was posited.  All members appeared in favor of creating a program in which CJ majors were taught digital forensics skill which were advised to be lacking within current law enforcement/correctional officers.

New Advisory Board for Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics was created to examine this idea consisting of law enforcement as well as corporate partners.  A two track system consisting of different classes CJ oriented vs computer science oriented was identified.  New class needs in forensics were identified specifically centering on windows/mobile/cloud examinations, digital investigations, and legal aspects for the law enforcement track as well as windows/mobile/legal and Network Forensics for the corporate track.  Classes in both would need to be developed.

In addition to the two tracks, a post-associate certificate in digital forensics would be developed for to address law enforcement needs to go back to school for this specialized experience/knowledge after they have already obtained a degree.

Proposer:

Reason:

Comments: None

Financial Implications Equipment: FTK Forensic Software License $2500-year); Two FRED Desktops ($6000 each/1X purchase min 5 year lifespan); (Used in all classes); IMET Request already submitted for these items.

Financial Implications Other:

Transfer Info:

Course Assessment: FALSE

Program Assessment: FALSE

Advisory Board Input: TRUE

Other Action: FALSE

Please Illustrate: This is a reworking of the CST - IST Criminal Technology AAS degree. (no change to degree codes or CIP) Moving the Cyber Security program into the Social Sciences Divsion and adding five new CSI courses. Criminal Justice advisory board idea of teaching digital forensics was posited.  All members appeared in favor of creating a program in which CJ majors were taught digital forensics skill which were advised to be lacking within current law enforcement/correctional officers.

New Advisory Board for Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics was created to examine this idea consisting of law enforcement as well as corporate partners.  A two track system consisting of different classes CJ oriented vs computer science oriented was identified.  New class needs in forensics were identified specifically centering on windows/mobile/cloud examinations, digital investigations, and legal aspects for the law enforcement track as well as windows/mobile/legal and Network Forensics for the corporate track.  Classes in both would need to be developed.

In addition to the two tracks, a post-associate certificate in digital forensics would be developed for to address law enforcement needs to go back to school for this specialized experience/knowledge after they have already obtained a degree.

Perkins Funding:

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