Specialization

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
Specialization Description
The forensics specialization gives students the basic foundations to perform a forensics investigation of computer systems.

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.
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 (9 units)













Not offered in Fall 2015
ITP-1252From Hackers to CEOs; An Introduction to Information Security
ITP-3753Digital Forensics
ITP-4754Advanced Digital Forensics

Additional Info

ITP COURSES OFFERED IN Fall 2015

Required Courses













ITP-1252From Hackers to CEOs; An Introduction to Information Security
ITP-3753Digital Forensics