We've Been At It Since 1999.

EdCC has been offering information security and digital forensics (a.k.a. computer forensics) training since 1999 - long before these subjects were as popular and mainstream as they are today. Several of our instructors are internationally recognized experts in information security and digital forensics and they train other instructors throughout the nation to deliver information security and digital forensics curriculum. As well, they have been subject matter experts in Cyberterrorism for the Department of Homeland Security.

If you have a desire to become an expert and want to be trained by experts, you're in the right place. As a matter of fact, we'd like to make sure that our program is a good fit for you. We invite you to try before you buy and to check our instructors out.

EdCC digital forensics students recently worked on a computer trespass case for a law enforcement agency.

One of the most important aspects of becoming proficient in digital forensics is being able to work on cases from start to finish. While students typically perform work on simulated cases in the classroom, some EdCC students have the opportunity to work on actual cases - having their first case under their belt before they even graduate.

Your digital forensics instructors maintain a working relationship with various law enforcement agencies throughout the state, with members of law enforcement being current and former students. Graduates of our program have a reputation for performing a thorough and comprehensive forensic analysis, the results of which will stand up to scrutiny.

Other cases that students have worked on include credit card fraud and false imprisonment.


AXIOM UP AND RUNNING: The SNH 123 Lab Managers recently got Axiom up and running for the classroom. We are going to preview in CIS 273 and will have some new labs in CIS 293. Lab Manager James Fine will be creating the labs during summer quarter 2017.


LESLIE AND PAUL ON THEIR SECOND CASE: SNH 123 Lab Managers Leslie Berntson and Paul Ritzman just started on their second forensic analysis case. Steve helped them with verbiage for subpoenas to obtain both cell phone records and service provider account information. This was forwarded on to the attorney assigned to the case.


GET READY FOR THE NEXT CYBER COMPETITION: Join the EdCC Cyber Competitions LinkedIn group and see what Mike and Anna are doing to prepare for the next competition.


GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT: DefSec Solutions is once again preparing to conduct a vulnerability assessment for one of their Fortune 500 clients. Several EdCC students will be provided the opportunity to work as members of the assessment team. What a fantastic opportunity for our students. Thank-you DefSec!

We understand the importance of earning industry certifications on the way to your degree or certificate. Students in our information security and digital forensics programs can earn the AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) certification as well as the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) certification. Both of these certifications cost our students nothing additional - the 400.00 testing fee for EdCC students to take the CSFA certification is waived.

In addition, many of our information security students earn the Security+ certification and finish off their program of study by learning how to be Ethical Hackers, practicing their craft conducting vulnerability assessments and penetration tests.

EdCC is the first EC-Council Authorized Training Center in the state, and our CIS 279 class includes the official Certified Ethical Hacker curriculum as well as certification test!

The Washington State Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association is a synergy between law enforcement and private industry.

As EdCC is home of the Washington State Chapter of the HTCIA, this partnership affords our students the opportunity to give presentations and talks to chapter members, as well as network with professionals who fight cybercrime on a daily basis.

The primary focus of the chapter is on leveraging our collective experiences for the betterment of our community and society as a whole. Members of law enforcement are able to gain insight into areas they would not otherwise be introduced to, and those from private industry can better understand the needs of law enforcement and what can be done to help them.

The Washington State HTCIA Chapter was born out of necessity. Computer related crime is becoming more complex, and the rate in which criminals are using technology is growing exponentially. Members of law enforcement and those from the private sector realize the need to work together to combat this crime, with a venue needed to meet and share knowledge. Thanks to EdCC, this has been made possible.

Our Students Are Successful!

When David and Richard enrolled in the Advanced Data Recovery class (CIS 294) at EdCC, little did they know that they would soon have their own data recovery company – Circle Hook Data Recovery.

David and Richard are now so good at what they do, that they have been hired as contract instructors by CyberSecurity Academy, and recently instructed a class on advanced data recovery techniques to a group of law enforcement personnel. On a regular basis they are guest speakers for the Advanced Data Recovery class at EdCC, and will become adjunct instructors in 2013 to instruct the class.

Example work they have been involved with to date includes:

  • Repairing a hard drive containing evidence for a case under investigation by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Defense.
  • Repairing a hard drive from a RAID array for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.
  • Recovering data from a malfunctioning hard drive from a Digital Video Recorder relevant to a fraud investigation.

They will soon be working on recovering data for a law enforcement agency relevant to a child pornography case.

"David and Richard have taken the education they received at EdCC to the next level, and are excellent examples of what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. “ Said Steve Hailey, instructor for the Advanced Data Recovery class. "These guys are so good, I now hire them to do all of the data recovery for my company."

When Rebecca Hartsock enrolled at EdCC, she had no idea that she would one day be working for the Washington State Attorney General.

"Steve Hailey came in to my Cisco Networking class and talked about the forensics program at the college." Said Rebecca. After hearing what he had to say, I knew that forensics was something I wanted to learn more about. I never dreamed that I would have the opportunities I've been given from being part of the program. This has changed my life."

Before even finishing her training at EdCC, Rebecca was chosen from three finalists - all at the top of their digital forensics classes, to work as an intern for the ATG.

"It was a difficult decision to make," said Aaron Munn, former investigator for the Washington State Attorney General. "All candidates were extremely qualified. We were impressed with how much they already knew about digital forensics and the investigative process."

And today, Rebecca works as a forensic investigator for the Washington State Attorney General. She has worked on many cases to date, and has been able to put her forensic and packet analysis skills to good use. "We teach students what they need to know in order to do this work in the real world." Said Steve Hailey, instructor for the information security and digital forensics program. "Rebecca is another example of what our students are capable of." He added.

Want to see some examples of what Rebecca Hartsock (formerly Henderson) has been up to? Take a look:

Washington State Attorney General, county prosecutors file response to Backpage suit

Intelius banked on consumer confusion, says Washington Attorney General

Phony news sites push supplements

Computer spyware poses as meeting reminder

Judge finds Internet affiliate advertisers violated Washington spy-ware law

While searching for a digital forensics program, Clint Lercher flew out from Arkansas to attend the one-day free Digital Forensics Fundamentals seminar at EdCC.

After attending the one day seminar, Clint moved his family to Washington to earn his Information Security and Digital Forensics degree at EdCC.

“I was looking for a digital forensics program where the instructors are more than just teachers with ‘book knowledge.’ Because Steve and Mike are actively engaged in the forensics and security industry, they bring real world knowledge and experience to the table. It was a big decision to relocate to enroll in this program, but I knew after the first week that it was the right move for me.” Said Clint.

As soon as he started the program, Clint immediately demonstrated talent for the type of work that an information security and digital forensics professional would need to perform. As a matter of fact, his instructors were so impressed with his abilities that Clint worked as a Digital Forensics Lab Technician / Assistant Instructor for a year and a half – supervising and mentoring students who were taking information security and digital forensics training at the college. Clint tested and prepared hands on labs that were later assigned to students, and even prepared and delivered lessons in the instructor's absence.

He also worked for many months for the Washington State Attorney general’s office, assisting in conducting investigations.

Clint is back in Arkansas and now works for Acxiom as an IT Security Analyst. The certifications that Clint earned while at EdCC and after starting work at Acxiom include:

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
Information Assurance Methodology (IAM)
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) with Security endorsement
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Packet Analyst


CURRENTLY AN IT PROFESSIONAL: If you are currently in IT, you can leverage your existing experience and industry certifications for college credit!  EdCC has a very robust Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, and we will award college level credit when you can show that you meet the objectives for particular courses. It is common for students to receive credit for their A+, Network+, Security+, CEH, CHFI, and CISSP certifications to name a few.  You may be closer to a degree than you think.  Contact a CIS Faculty Advisor today and schedule an appointment or send an email with your questions.

NO IT EXPERIENCE, JUST STARTING OUT: If you are in this category, then you will fit in great here.  The majority of our students are in this category.  Many IT professionals started out at EdCC. Attend a free seminar or contact a faculty advisor for more information.  The EdCC CIS instructors all started out from where you are right now, and we would be glad to give you expert advice on your next steps.

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