• Computer Forensics (233)
    Certificate

    Allegheny, Boyce, North, South

    The certificate in Computer Forensic Technology program at CCAC offers specialized and demanding knowledge and skills necessary for performing professional duties as computer forensic examiners/technicians, analysts, investigators, and auditors in a public or private environment security firms.

    This new program at CCAC includes courses in both the Computer and Information Technology and Criminal Justice disciplines and provides students a solid technical background in the methods, techniques, and tools of recovering and processing computer and digital data as well as in the fundamental laws, rules, procedures, and ethics of collecting and reporting digital evidence. 

    Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Apply knowledge of computer hardware, software, file systems, networks, and principles of information security in identifying and processing computer crime and information security incidents.
    2. Demonstrate computer forensic investigation skills using computer forensic hardware and software tools.
    3. Describe the fundamentals of the criminal justice system, search and seizure, and evidence evaluation and court procedures, regarding computer and digital evidence.
    4. Apply critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and observe professional ethics in case and data analysis.
    5. Successfully complete a capstone project or internship in computer forensics that culminates into a portfolio.

    The following is a suggested course sequence for completing the certificate in the shortest amount of time.

     

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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CIT-115Introduction to Information Technology3
    CJC-203Evidence and Procedures3
     
    Total Credits: 6
    Students with an IT background may have the option to petition for a waiver or substitute for CIT-115.

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CIT-180CIT-180 - Computer Forensics 13
    CIT-181Principles of Information Security 4
     
    Total Credits: 7

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CIT-280Computer Forensics 24
    CIT-281Project in Computer Forensics2
     
    Total Credits: 6
    NOTE: The prerequisite of a state criminal history check for CIT-280 and CIT-281 has been removed.
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 19