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Specialization in Computer Forensics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Ronald Gonzales

The specialization in Computer Forensics provides study in the professional domain of Cyber Security and Information Assurance that seeks to build and present facts about computer and network usage generally for the purposes of explaining what has happened and holding those responsible to account. This requires particular attention to servers as well as clients, and particularly data servers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate among the models, architectures, challenges and global legal constraints of secure electronic commerce technologies used to ensure transmission, processing and storage of sensitive information.(PLO 5)
  2. Prescribe how to provide message privacy, integrity, authentication and non-repudiation using network security practices and infrastructure hardening techniques.(PLO 6)
  3. Assess, from both a national and global perspective, the relative demands of Internet-openness, legislation and law-enforcement, and individual right-to-privacy.(PLO 8)
  4. Forecast the impact of continually advancing technology and national and international cyber-legislation on CSIA.(PLO 9)
  5. Generate critical thinking in analysis and synthesis of enterprise and global CSIA issues through effective individual and team graduate-level written and oral assignments.(PLO 11)
  6. Produce a successful project using project development skills.(PLO 12)
  7. SPECIALIZATION: Organize a functional forensic security tool kit.
  8. SPECIALIZATION: Derive a network usage history, identify and characterize event origins, and recreate the chronology of events.
  9. SPECIALIZATION: Create an application of forensic principles for SQL Server databases.


This specialization requires 18 graduate units at National University.
Program Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
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