Digital Forensics

The field of Digital Forensics is thriving, both regionally and nationally, because of the ever increasing threats to national security and information systems. It is no longer adequate to provide a defense against these attacks, the sources of cyber-attacks must be identified and eliminated. Digital Forensics plays a major role in this activity.
Students completing the Digital Forensics Program will be prepared to enter the field of Digital Forensics in a public or private environment as computer crime investigators, computer crime analysts, Digital Forensics investigators, Digital Forensics analysts, Internet security technicians, Internet security analysts, and database security investigators. Individuals currently working in this or a related field will also be able to substantially enhance their knowledge and skills.

The School of Business Administration has 14 Digital Forensics (DGFR) majors, since it is one of our new programs. The 2013 acceptance rate of first time full time freshmen as DGFR students was 50%, with a three-year acceptance rate of 71%.

The Digital Forensics program is unique because it blends business, criminal justice, computer technology, and digital forensics. Students completing this program will possess the foundation knowledge that all business students possess; specialized knowledge of computers, networks, databases, mobile devices, information security, criminal investigation, and evidentiary processes; plus accounting forensics.

Major Coursework

  • Management Information Systems
  • Database Management
  • Information Technology
  • Hardware & Software
  • Digital Forensics
  • Advanced Digital Forensics
  • Data Communications and
  • Computer Networks
  • Information Security
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Senior Seminar in Digital Forensics

Graduates of the program will be able to work with different operating systems, graphic files, and cell phone and mobile devices; they will be able to conduct high-tech investigations; and they will have the tools to provide expert testimony.

Graduates of the Digital Forensics program will be able to:
» Use integrated business and computer theories and practice to solve problems.
» Deploy comprehensive security technologies and solutions to ensure business resilience in the face of cybercrime.
» Analyze and recommend a course of action to resolve ethical issues that arise in digital forensics.
» Deploy the appropriate legal protocol for detecting computer crimes, gathering evidence, and conducting electronic discovery.
» Use proper legal, ethical, analytical, technological, and reporting methodologies in digital forensics investigations.

More Reasons Why Digital Forensics is Important:
Digital Forensics investigative techniques have been used in the following high profile cases:
» The case of Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” who pleaded guilty to four charges in federal court.
» The criminal investigation into William David Denny, 31, the elected Republican constable for Chester’s 11th Ward on charges of allegedly threatening the lives of two law enforcement officers.
» The “Bonnie & Clyde” of identity fraud case in which Edward Anderton received a four-year prison sentence for stealing personal information from friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

President Obama recently announced that cybersecurity is one of our country’s most urgent national security priorities. “It’s now clear this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” Obama said, adding, “We’re not as prepared as we should be, as a government or as a country.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the field of forensics are expected to grow by 31%, faster than the average for all occupations. Furthermore, the best job opportunities are available for people with a bachelor’s degree in the field.