Salve Regina introduces concentration, certificate program in digital forensics

Beginning in fall 2015, graduate students in the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security program at Salve Regina will be able to pursue a concentration in digital forensics or a certificate of graduate studies in this emerging field of cyber criminology.

“This new emphasis in cyber education at Salve will encompass an array of skills, including acquiring, extracting and analyzing data that is often useful for criminal investigation and civil litigation cases,” explained David Smith, Salve’s graduate program director of ADJ. “In addition to criminal and civil investigations, it also plays a major role in intelligence and counterterrorism matters.”

The new concentration and certificate program will help students expand their knowledge from core classes, instruct them on analyzing and documenting data, and help them develop necessary skills for utilizing networks, servers and analysis tools. Coursework will acquaint students with computer network architecture, proper evidence collection and storage, and federal rules and criminal codes.

Students will learn how foreign state-sponsored threat actors target certain institutions and companies; and they’ll be introduced to network traffic analysis, web log analysis, malware reverse engineering and cyber infrastructure analysis. Students will also learn how to navigate networks, servers and mass data, as well as how to utilize common digital forensic tools.

“A deliberate evaluation of relevancy in the constantly changing world of global technology will shape the syllabus of each course in this program to best serve the students and their career placement,” Smith said.

Students pursuing the concentration must take “Principles of Digital Forensics” as a pre-requisite to any other course electives in the concentration. Electives include “Network Forensics and Incident Response,” “Mobile Forensics,” “Insider Threat,” “Malware Basics,” and “Forensic Certifications (ACE/CCE). In addition to “Principles of Digital Forensics” and “Advanced Digital Forensics, students pursuing the certificate are required to take two of the above electives.

Courses are offered at Salve Regina’s Center for Adult Education in Warwick, online, or by participating in specially designed programs, if available, on-site at the workplace. It is now possible for students working with their advisor to complete either a Certificate of Graduate Study and/or a graduate degree completely on-line. This allows for flexibility and accessibility for all students regardless of residency, shift work, deployment to foreign lands or a combination of the above.