Investigate Cybercrime With Cutting-Edge Tools
 

Collect and Preserve Evidence From Mobile Devices and More

By 2021, Cybersecurity Ventures projects cybercrime will inflict $6 trillion in damages a year. Annually, that's more costly than natural disasters and more profitable to the perpetrators than all global sales of illegal drugs.1

We live our lives and conduct our business online—and that comes with a lot of risk. The rise of self-driving cars, the Internet of Things (IoT), automated manufacturing, and other always-on technologies are increasing the urgency and frequency of cybercrimes from corporate espionage to identify theft.

In the online M.S. in Computer Science (MSCS) with a concentration in Digital Forensics, you will equip yourself to investigate cybercrime and uncover evidence that brings those responsible to justice.

You'll graduate from Lewis University prepared for investigative positions across industries, ready to choose the right forensics tools for the job, and complete investigations in compliance with criminal procedure.

Career Spotlight: Digital Forensics Investigator

As a Digital Forensics Investigator, you would uncover evidence from hard drives, network devices, smartphones, and other computer systems. You'd then present your findings—or even give testimony at criminal trials—to demonstrate how a cyber criminal has taken action. You'd also know how to protect systems, recover and decrypt files, analyze your findings and more.

You could work anywhere that uses computer systems and needs to protect its data, but those that handle sensitive data, including law and accounting firms, banks, government institutions and software developers, are especially in need of Digital Forensics Investigators.

The average annual salary for this position is $71,625,2 and similar positions in information security are projected to grow 28 percent by 2026.3 Other positions you could pursue include computer crime investigator, cybersecurity analyst, computer forensics examiner, information technology auditor, or malware analyst.

Digital Forensics Courses

For the Digital Forensics concentration, students will take:

  • 1 core research course (3 credit hours)
  • 6 concentration courses (18 credit hours)
  • 3 elective courses (9 credit hours)
  • 1 master's thesis (3 credit hours)

Total Credits: 33

A sample of the online Digital Forensics courses offered includes:

  • Cyber Security Essentials
  • Network Forensics
  • Mobile Device Forensics
  • Intelligence Gathering: Issues and Controversies
  • Programming for Digital Forensics
  • Research in Computer Science

Based on students' interests, potential projects may involve gathering digital evidence from a range of devices and web traffic, creating your own digital forensics tools to keep pace with hackers, ensuring law enforcement intelligence gathering is ethical and constitutional, preparing reports with your investigative findings, and more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Digital Forensics concentration in the MSCS program, students will be equipped to:

  1. Conduct end-to-end digital forensics investigation
  2. Perform different types of investigation including corporate espionage, copyright infringement, internet or email crimes, cyber-bullying and more
  3. Collect and preserve digital evidence from various sources including mobile devices, network devices, secondary storage systems and log files
  4. Select and use certified forensics tools that are most appropriate for the investigation
  5. Perform manual recovery of evidence and develop new forensics tools in cases where certified tools are lacking
  6. Perform cybercrime investigation in accordance with applicable criminal procedures

Dive Into Digital Forensics

To learn more about the online M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Digital Forensics, call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information.

References:

1Morgan, S. (2019, Feb. 6). 2019 Cybersecurity Almanac: 100 Facts, Figures, Predictions and Statistics. Cybersecurity Ventures. Retrieved on June 4, 2019, from https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-almanac-2019/.
2Payscale (n.d.). Digital Forensic Investigator Salary. Retrieved on June 4, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Digital_Forensic_Investigator/Salary.
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019, April 12). Information Security Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on June 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.