Pair Computer and Forensic Science to Solve Crime

Forensics expertise is invaluable in the aftermath of a cyber crime, including finding those responsible for data breaches, theft, fraud or all kinds of misconduct.

Professionals in the field use cutting-edge tools to mine for digital artifacts, such as emails, graphics, network traffic and more to build a case against the criminals responsible and bring them to justice. Every step of the way, they work to comply with proper procedures for preserving and presenting evidence of wrong-doing.

By 2026, as cyberattacks increase and vulnerable new technologies such as self-driving cars and the Internet of Things (IoT) take shape, information security jobs are projected to grow by 28 percent.1 Tap into this astounding growth with the Digital Forensics concentration of our M.S. in Computer Science and graduate with the skills to make a difference.


The digital forensics market

will be worth $6.65 billion by 20252

Career Spotlights

  • Digital Forensics Investigator: In this position, you'd uncover evidence from hard drives, network devices, smartphones, and other computer systems. You might work in law enforcement or for private companies that handle sensitive data, such as banks, healthcare organizations, and law and accounting firms. The average annual salary for this position is $72,625.3
  • Information Security Analyst: Ranked the No. 4 Best Technology Job in the Nation in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, information security analysts identify security threats and vulnerabilities and provide organizations with cyber security solutions while earning an average annual salary of $95,510, with the top 25 percent of earners making $123,180.4
  • Malware Analyst: In this position, you'd examine the wide variety of malware used by cyberattackers, including worms, trojans, viruses and more, and figure out how to reverse-engineer them to protect your company against attacks. The average base pay for malware analysts is $80,713.5

Cybercrime is the fastest-growing type of crime in the U.S.,

responsible for losses of more than $450 billion in 2016.6

Industries Seeking Digital Forensics Experts

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Law Enforcement
  • Transportation
  • Information Technology3

Career Services With Lewis University

As an online student, you have access to Flyers Get Hired, our Handshake-powered career database exclusively for Lewis University students. Search for new jobs and opportunities, connect with our alumni network, receive guidance from a career advisor, and get feedback on your résumé, LinkedIn profile or personal elevator pitch. You'll find all the resources you need to advance your career in computer science.

Plus, our faculty are recognized experts in the field who will ensure you graduate with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed.

Make a Career Fighting Cybercrime

Take charge of your career today and gain an understanding of digital forensics. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or to request more information.

References:

1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019, April 12). Information Security Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
2Transparency Market Research (2016, February 15). Global Digital Forensics Market to Grow Substantially at 12.50% CAGR from 2015 to 2021. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/02/15/810629/0/en/Global-Digital-Forensics-Market-to-Grow-Substantially-at-12-50-CAGR-from-2015-to-2021-Transparency-Market-Research.html.
3Payscale (n.d.). Digital Forensic Investigator Salary. Retrieved on June 4, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Digital_Forensic_Investigator/Salary.
4U.S. News & World Report (n.d.). Information Security Analyst Overview. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/information-security-analyst.
5Glassdoor (n.d.). Malware Analyst Salaries. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/malware-analyst-salary-SRCH_KO0,15.htm.
6Summerville, A. (2017, July 25). Stay protected from the US's fastest-growing crime: cyber attacks. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/25/stay-protected-from-the-uss-fastest-growing-crime-cyber-attacks.html.