Ivan F.

Master of Science
in Cybersecurity,
Digital Forensics



230K+ Alumni Worldwide


The specialization of Digital Forensics provides a greater focus on investigation and analysis of computers and networks. Students will be able to examine digital summaries of indications, investigations of digital forensics and preserve digital evidence.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses

Requirements for Concentration

  • 4 courses
  • 18 quarter units

Course Name

Prerequisite: CYB 420 and completion of all core CYB classes before starting the concentration; CYB 450; CYB 451; CYB 452; CYB 453; CYB 454

Introduction of computer forensic principles. The class explores the concepts of admissibility of electronic evidence, preparing for e-evidence collection, and conducting a digital forensic examination of computers. Legal and ethical requirements of a digital investigator are also covered.

Prerequisite: CYB 470

This course provides an overview for collecting digital evidence from a Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Operating specific tools and techniques for collecting file information, log information, data artifacts, web history and computer memory are explored.

Prerequisite: CYB 470

In this class, students learn the tools and techniques to collect and analyze network data to support a digital investigation. Students will gain practical experience by analyzing network traffic captures. Legal and ethical requirements of a network forensics investigation are also covered. Correlation of data from other sources will also be examined.

Prerequisite: CYB 470

Students will learn how to collect and analyze digital evidence from mobile devices. The tools and techniques that are unique for mobile device forensics like acquisition, physical isolation, sim cards, and file system recovery will be covered. Extraction of geolocation data and other cellular data will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a digital forensics investigation on a server or workstation using commonly accepted standards and tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to preserve digital evidence using federal rules of digital evidence.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a digital forensics investigation on a mobile device using commonly accepted standards and tools.
  • Examine digital evidence for indications of illegal malicious activity or malfeasance.
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