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Advanced Digital Forensics (certificate)

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Title of Certificate: Advanced Digital Forensics, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 25

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Purpose: Perform forensic investigations, incident handling, and conduct incident investigations. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to execute forensic investigations of networks, hosts, and mobile devices, including the use of standard computer forensics and evidence handling techniques to collect, process, review, analyze and produce electronic evidence. Successful completion of the courses in this certificate prepares a student for the Cyber Incident Responder exam sponsored by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) program.

Range of Occupations

  • Computer forensics technician
  • Digital forensics specialist
  • Digital forensics investigator
  • Forensic support specialist
  • Incident response analyst

Open Planner for this Certificate 


Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Educations Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing finaid@aacc.edu or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115 .  See Academic Regulations for all Graduation Requirements.  

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Extract key concepts from cases and statutes.
  • Identify vulnerabilities and assess risks in forensic investigations.
  • Plan a forensic investigation.
  • Identify where evidence may reside.
  • Use software tools to access evidence and conduct forensic analysis.
  • Explain legal limitations on searches and seizures of evidence.
  • Explore the functionality of the Windows OS as it relates to data storage and evidence.
  • Explore the functionality of the Linux OS as it relates to data storage and evidence.
  • Explore the functionality of the Macintosh OS as it relates to data storage and evidence.
  • Practice preserving, handling and documenting digital evidence.
  • Identify processes and communications in a network environment.
  • Explain the characteristics of computer crime offenses and offenders
  • Conduct digital investigations of computers and mobile devices using industry standard tools.
  • Perform investigative reconstruction.
  • Prepare and present reports and testimony.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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