Digital Forensics Certificate

Digital forensics (a.k.a. computer forensics) is an emerging discipline that focuses on the acquisition, recovery, documentation, and analysis of information contained within and created with computer systems and computing devices - typically in the interest of figuring out what happened, when it happened, how it happened, and who was involved. All evidence must be treated in a way that ensures the admissibility in a court of law or other legal/administrative proceeding, and the forensic analyst must have the skills to document and present evidence in an intelligible manner, understandable to the layperson.

Digital evidence is used everyday for civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings, and there is a shortage of qualified and competent digital forensic professionals. Many institutions are now offering training to help fill the need, with EdCC being one of the first in the State of Washington.

Note! This program was put together by industry professionals who provide training and consultation to law enforcement and corporate security personnel on a regular basis. This certificate begins at an advanced level and is designed for those already working in an information technology capacity - our goal is to leverage the experience and training you already have. Students MUST communicate with Mike Andrew, Steve Hailey or another CIS Faculty Advisor for proper placement into this program. It is recommended that program candidates have a minimum of the A+, CCNA or Network+ certifications or equivalent experience and training before enrolling.

While earning your certificate, you'll learn how to properly acquire and collect evidence for use in criminal and civil proceedings, as well as administrative proceedings pertinent to violations of company policy. Rules of evidence and legal considerations will be covered as well.

This hands-on program is designed for any information technology professional that needs to acquire the skills to properly perform forensic analysis of computing devices and systems, analyze employee resource usage, or perhaps start their own digital forensics company. Students will learn a complete methodology on how to process cases from start to finish - not just how to be a user of automated software packages.

Skills will be emphasized that are often left out of other programs, such as methodologies to perform testing, verification, and assure the proper interpretation of evidence. With these skills you will be able successfully process cases involving situations and scenarios not covered in class. The legal aspects of acquiring and using digital evidence will be covered, with emphasis on what the digital forensics analyst needs to know to assure that any actions performed are within the letter of the law.

Upon completion of this certificate program, students may be qualified for jobs as Computer/Digital Forensic Examiners. Students who are already working in an information technology or information security related position will find their skill sets greatly enhanced. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to sit for the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) Certification - a hands-on certification test that is now an industry standard - developed by some of the same professionals that developed the program at EdCC.

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