Minor

Computer and Digital Forensics

DESCRIPTION

Skills Explored Target Audience
Critical thinking, communication skills, and problem solving Viterbi, Marshall, Economics, Accounting, Psychology students, and anyone with an interest in solving puzzles
Minor Description
Cyber threats and vulnerabilities pose a serious global economic hazard. There is high demand for students with practical cyber security and digital forensic skills. The goal of the Digital Forensics program at USC is to develop necessary critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and technical writing skills to effectively work in the field. This is accomplished through utilizing industry standard tools and techniques to investigate labs and cases based upon real-world investigations. Students will study various areas of cyber investigations, including digital evidence gathering, reporting, examinations, and court presentations. Computer forensic skills provide an excellent way to gain government or law enforcement employment at the local, state, or federal level, or within the private sector. This field provides immediate career opportunities with some of the highest paying jobs in today’s market. Electives are available depending on the students' academic and professional goals.

Requirements for completion (four core courses plus two electives)
Minimum units: 18


All of the following courses (12 units):
ITP 125 - From Hackers to CEOs: An Introduction to Information Security (2 units)
ITP 375 - Digital Forensics (3 units)
ITP 475 - Advanced Digital Forensics (4 units)
ITP 479 - Digital Law and Privacy (3 units)

*Students must take ITP 125 prior to taking ITP 375.
**Students mus take ITP 375 prior to taking ITP 475.


Electives (choose two courses for a minimum of 6 units)
ITP 325 - Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense (3 units)
ITP 445 - Macintosh, OSX, and iOS Forensics (3 units)
ITP 446 - Cyber Breach Investigations (3 units)
ITP 447 - Mobile Device Forensics (3 units)
Why Students Take It
Computer forensics is a growing field and there is a dire shortage of trained, talented forensics investigators worldwide. Students are taught how to solve cases from start to finish.
Industry & Career Info Companies Hiring
Computer forensics is a very good way to proceed into federal law enforcement, FBI, secret service, immigration customs enforcement, and the private sector. Consulting rates can be greater than $150 an hour for talented forensics investigators. Ernst & Young
Deloitte
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
KPMG
FBI
Crowdstrike
Stroz Friedberg
Mandiant
Rapid7
Cisco
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COURSES

Required Courses (12 units)


















ITP-1252From Hackers to CEOs; An Introduction to Information Security
ITP-3753Digital Forensics
ITP-4754Advanced Digital Forensics
ITP-4793Cyber Law and Privacy

Elective Courses (6 units)



Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017


ITP-3253Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense
ITP-4453Macintosh, OSX, and iOS Forensics
ITP-4463Cyber Breach Investigations
ITP-4473Mobile Device Security and Forensics

Additional Info

ITP COURSES OFFERED IN Spring 2017

Required Courses


















ITP-1252From Hackers to CEOs; An Introduction to Information Security
ITP-3753Digital Forensics
ITP-4754Advanced Digital Forensics
ITP-4793Cyber Law and Privacy

Elective Courses





ITP-3253Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense
ITP-4473Mobile Device Security and Forensics