Forensic Computer Courses and Classes Overview

Courses in computer forensics are most often completed during a full degree or certificate program. Learn more about these courses by reading the following article.

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Essential Information

Forensic computer courses are available through digital forensics and computer forensics programs, which are offered through associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as through certificate programs. Careers in computer forensics investigation usually require at least a bachelor's degree. While certificate and master's degree programs include coursework focused specifically on computer forensics, associate's and bachelor's degree programs include several other courses that address related topics in the field of computer science and criminal justice.

During forensic computer classes, students may learn about the following:

  • Criminal law
  • Cyber security
  • Digital forensics investigation and analysis
  • White-collar crime
  • Prevention and detection

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Computer Crimes

This course provides techniques for protecting forensic evidence and interacting with authorities. This class allows students to explore how technology can be used to solve computer-based crimes. Students develop skills to protect computer-based information and practice skills in information recovery. Besides computer forensics, other types of digital forensics may also be discussed, including network forensics and cell phone forensics.

Computer and Data Security

Courses on computer and data security teach students about the various methods used to steal information using a computer. Instructors also focus on different methods of detecting computer fraud as well as teaching ways to protect a computer and its peripherals. Some schools teach students techniques about network security, computer systems, how to identify vulnerabilities, cryptography, and professional ethics.

Forensic Legal Issues

Forensic computer classes about legal issues provide an in-depth review of the criminal law process. In this class, students will gain insight about such topics as criminal acts in relation to digital forensics, jurisdiction, and criminal conduct. A discussion about penalties in relation to digital computer crimes may also be addressed.

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