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Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics

Criminals increasingly use computers as weapons to illegally access information or release worms and viruses to disrupt computer networks. Law enforcement agencies often must rely on criminal forensics experts to acquire, investigate, and report on the electronic evidence of criminal cases.

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The Department offers two graduate-level certificate programs in Computer Forensics, co-sponsored with the Department of Computer Science — one for current graduate students (category A) and one for non-degree seeking graduate students (category B).

The certificates offer requisite training to students in the core area of retrieval, preservation, and analysis of digital evidence (documents and images, data, etc.) stored on various devices including personal computers, tablets, and cell phones. The program provides training in the tools necessary to identify, and appropriately respond to, attacks on local- and wide-area networks. Individuals certified in Computer Forensics will be prepared to testify in litigation as expert witnesses in criminal and civil litigation.

For more information about the Computer Forensics Certificate Program, please contact the department chair, Kent Kerley.

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