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Computer Forensics

With the advent of the Digital Age, experts in computer forensics are the solution to civil and criminal investigations as well as cybercrime. Computer forensics uses computers to acquire evidence, find hidden files, and recover passwords. As cybercrime becomes a serious threat to our nation, computer forensics will play a larger role in managing national and international safety.

CS 228, Computer Forensics, taught by Professors Prasad and Traynor, introduces students to the field through foundational forensic theories and hands-on practical applications. Students learn to acquire, secure, recover, validate and analyze digital information, particularly for use in criminal and civil investigations.

Topics covered include:

  • Computer Forensics Lab
  • Seizing Digital Evidence in Private and Public Sectors Incident Scene
  • File structure of Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix
  • Data Hiding Techniques
  • Overview of Virtual Machines, Email investigations and mobile devices
  • Writing a forensic report

This interdisciplinary course has relevancy for students inerested in criminal justice, law, forensics, and computer science. counts toward Computer Science credit and has no prerequisite classes. It is open to all majors and its material can be helpful in almost all job positions.