Learn investigatory techniques to find digital evidence.
Digital crimes are on the rise. We witness companies and organizations getting hacked and consumers’ sensitive information being exposed in a data breach in the era of the digital revolution. There is a demand for professionals to identify and prosecute cybercriminals. These professionals are referred to as digital forensics investigators.
Digital forensics investigators are crucial to the workforce. FIU’s new Digital Forensics Professional Program, offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering & Computing, will provide working professionals with a comprehensive overview of digital investigations, how digital evidence can be found and how it is useful in the investigation of a crime.
The program introduces forensics analysis policy, tools, data recovery, cybersecurity, law and ethics and more. Four courses are offered within the program, including digital forensics, network forensics, mobile forensics and video and image forensics. Students can register for the course(s) of their interest. After completing all four courses, the student will be awarded a certificate of completion.
This program aligns with the NICE Framework work role of “Cyber Defense Forensic Analyst” and “Law Enforcement/Counterintelligence Forensics Analyst”. A limited number of free seats are available to veterans and first responders with proper identification.
KEY SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN
Computing and Communicating
Enhance your programming and software skills with exposure to specialized forensic tools. Become versatile by recognizing and analyzing a wide variety of digital devices. Learn how to access the data locked away in servers, databases or mobile devices.
High-Intensity Problem Solving
Apply analytical and critical thinking to collect, dissect and analyze cybercrime patterns in an effort to identify the source of a cyber attack and recover compromised data. Learn how to identify forensic artifacts, extract those artifacts and validate your findings.
Cyber Security Planning and Auditing
Learn to design a comprehensive digital security plan and understand the importance of consistently performing malware scans and risk factor analysis reports.
Develop a mindset where curiosity, open-mindedness, attention to detail and being methodical and meticulous influence everything you do.
Law and Ethics
As experts, you may be called to testify in court to report your findings. You will learn about the basic function of an expert witness, the role of the forensic scientist in the court system and how important ethics and ethical behavior is to the field.
Fully-online and hybrid courses are available. The length of these courses will be four weeks.
The cost to register for each course is $500.