Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Computer Forensics

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH
Certificate (233)

The certificate in Computer Forensic Technology program at CCAC offers specialized and demanding knowledge and skills necessary for performing professional duties as computer forensic examiners/technicians, analysts, investigators, and auditors in a public or private environment security firms.

This new program at CCAC includes courses in both the Computer and Information Technology and Criminal Justice disciplines and provides students a solid technical background in the methods, techniques, and tools of recovering and processing computer and digital data as well as in the fundamental laws, rules, procedures, and ethics of collecting and reporting digital evidence. The student will be required to submit and pass a PA state police criminal history check prior to registration
for CIT-280.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computer hardware, software, file systems, networks, and principles of information security in identifying and processing computer crime and information security incidents.
  2. Demonstrate computer forensic investigation skills using computer forensic hardware and software tools.
  3. Describe the fundamentals of the criminal justice system, search and seizure, and evidence evaluation and court procedures, regarding computer and digital evidence.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and observe professional ethics in case and data analysis.
  5. Successfully complete a capstone project or internship in computer forensics that culminates into a portfolio.

The following is a suggested course sequence for completing the certificate in the shortest amount of time.

See the Checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 19

First Semester

Course #       Course Name

Credits

CIT-115

Introduction to Information Technology*    

3

CJC-203

Evidence and Procedures

3

 

Total Credits

6

Second Semester

CIT-180

Computer Forensics 1

3

CIT-181

Principles of Information Security

4

 

Total Credits

7

Third Semester

CIT-280

Computer Forensics 2

4

CIT-281

Project in Computer Forensics

2

 

Total Credits

6

*Students with an IT background may have the option to petition for a waiver or substitute
for CIT-115.