2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems - Digital Forensics Certificate

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PGM Code – 506H 

Program Description This hands on program was designed by a group of experts representing both the private and public sectors, with a combined total of 40 years digital forensics and information security experience. It is truly a one-of-a-kind program that trains students to work in an emerging discipline that focuses on the acquisition, recovery, documentation, and analysis of information contained within and created with computing devices.

The program is designed for information technology professionals who need to acquire the skills necessary to properly perform forensic analysis of computing devices and systems. Students will learn a complete methodology for processing digital forensics cases from start to finish — not just how to be a user of automated software packages.

Topics: Procedures and methodologies used for digital forensics, structure and layout of NTFS, the Windows Registry, INFO2 files, electronic surveillance, intrusion detection, cryptography, and developing a testing and verification methodology. Related legal topics include properly acquiring and collecting evidence for use in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, rules of evidence, providing expert testimony, and legislation and laws affecting privacy and information technology.

Upon completion of this certificate program, students may be qualified for jobs as computer forensic examiners. Students who are already working in an information technology or information security related capacity will find their skill sets greatly enhanced. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to sit for the CyberSecurity Forensics Analyst (CSFA) Certification exam, which is good for a one-year experience waiver toward the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Entry Requirements This certificate begins at an advanced level and is designed for students already working in an information technology capacity. Students MUST see a Computer Information Systems (CIS) faculty adviser for proper placement into this program. It is recommended that program candidates have a minimum of the A+ and Network+ or CCNA certifications or equivalent experience and training before enrolling.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This certificate is awarded upon a student’s completion of a minimum of 25 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college level courses as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.8 within the program requirements.

Students planning to continue on to other certificates and/or a two-year ATA degree in CIS should plan ahead while working toward their CIS certificate. For a smooth transition from certificate to degree, students should see a CIS adviser at their earliest opportunity.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning,
  • Communicate with an academic adviser, and
  • Submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The advisers for this program are
Steve Hailey | shailey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1377
Mike Andrew | mike.andrew@edcc.edu | 425.640.1099

Department Contact Information
Computer Information Systems | www.edcc.edu/cis | 425.640.1902
Information Security | infosec.edcc.edu | 425.640.1902

Gainful Employment
Gainful Employment Information is available for this program.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (25 credits)


  • Conduct forensic analysis on various types of computing devices and storage media.
  • Properly document a digital forensics investigation/analysis and create comprehensive analysis reports.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques and methods to facilitate the recovery of data from corrupt and/or damaged storage media.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laws, standards and regulations and their relevance to information security and privacy.



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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