Engineering & Computing

What’s Digital Forensics? How Cybersleuths Work

Think of the word “forensics” and you’ll probably conjure up images of grisly scenes from TV drama series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. However, there is another world of forensic investigation, where bodies and bloodstain patterns are replaced by more mundane (but equally illustrative to the forensic mind), laptop computers, mobile devices, games consoles, Alexa-style …

Hot Careers: Getting A Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree

Protecting data. Organizing information. Keeping employees connected. Today’s workplace relies on technology more than ever before. This also means we rely heavily on the professionals who keep our systems safe and operational. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that, as a whole, the need for computer and information technology (IT) …

Are Computer Science Jobs in Demand?

If you were to look up the term “computer science” in the dictionary, you’d find a variety of definitions. But, collectively, the definitions coalesce around the concept that computer science is “a branch of science that deals with the theory of computation or the design of computers.” That sounds like a mouthful, but computer science …

Getting a Master’s in Computer Science: Online Degree Options

If you’ve ever considered getting a master’s in computer science online degree, one question you might have asked yourself is, “Is it really worth it?” After all, attending school would require time and financial commitments, both of which can seem rather daunting. So, let’s look at why many of your peers are finding a master’s …

Cybersecurity Classes You Can Take For Career Advancement

Cybercrime is on the rise. According to Symantec’s 2019 Internet Security Report, in 2018 these growing online threats included: An average of 4,800 websites compromised each month by formjacking attacks — crimes in which JavaScript code is used to steal personal information from website checkout pages. A 12 percent increase in ransomware attacks against enterprises, …

Ask an Expert: Why Is Computer Forensics Important?

When you have a difficult question, it’s always best to turn to a subject matter expert for answers. In our blog series, Ask an Expert, National University faculty take turns answering challenging questions in their areas of expertise. In this post, we asked Brian Scavotto, a computer forensics expert, consultant, and instructor at National University’s …

Ask an Expert: Where Do Ethical Hackers Work?

When you have a difficult question, it’s always best to turn to a subject matter expert for answers. In our blog series, Ask An Expert, National University faculty take turns answering challenging questions in their areas of expertise. In this post, we put the focus on ethical hacking. We spoke with Alan Watkins, Core Adjunct …

What is Cybersecurity?

It was an incident that made national, and even international headlines. A North American casino discovered that its database had been hacked and upwards of 10 GB of data was stolen. That the cybersecurity breach occurred wasn’t the crux of the story. What really had the world buzzing was the way the hackers did it. …

Thinking Like the Bad Guys: What Ethical Hackers Do

When Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese military strategist, wrote his fifth-century masterpiece, The Art of War, he clearly wasn’t thinking about a battle waged across the internet. However, in the global fight against cybercriminals in the 21st century, his words are as relevant today as they were to the battles being fought back then. When …

Is Ethical Hacking a Good Career?

The word “hacking” is generally associated with the criminal act of accessing computer systems or networks with the aim of stealing private data, disrupting a service, or extorting money from an individual or organization. To the layperson, the world occupied by the hacker is a dark, frightening, and confusing place rife with criminality, corporate espionage, …