Cyber Forensics and Security, B.S.
Undergraduate Degree
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Program Overview

Digital forensics is a form of forensic science that involves data recovery from digital devices during forensic investigations. Computers and other digital devices hold a wealth of information, including text, digital images, audio and video, which can serve as key evidence for solving crimes. Forensic software programs can be used to get images from digital storage media and analyze it. Information assurance involves protecting data and information against risks during processing, storage and transmission.

The Cyber Forensics and Security bachelor’s degree program at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, helps students like you hone forensic science and computer forensics skills to investigate cybersecurity problems. Our Digital Forensics faculty have real-world experience and emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and communication. The curriculum teaches technology-based forensic science skills in a challenging, hands-on environment, using many of the same professional tools, techniques and procedures you will use upon entering the workforce.

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Featured Courses
CFS 357 - Network Penetration and Attack
Students will explore tools and techniques used to penetrate, exploit and ex filtrate data from computers and networks.
CJ 424 - Computer Crime
Students will identify and define criminal acts committed with computers or directed toward computer systems, electronic search and seizure and electronic evidence.
CJ 314 - Crime Scene & Investigations
This course exposes students to crime scene processing techniques and technology, criminal investigation procedures, sources of information, interrogation, victim and witness interviewing, legal issues in criminal investigations.
Program Highlights
Only Program of its kind in West Virginia

All our core digital forensics courses include hands-on lab experiences where students hone their digital forensics, data recovery, and cybersecurity knowledge and skills. You will get extensive experience using top, industry-standard tools such as AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit, Kali Linux, Cellebrite, WireShair, Social Engineering Toolkit (SET), Network Miner, Metasploit, Armitage, NMAP and many others.

Job Market on the Rise

According to a 2016 article in Forbes Magazine, “More than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years…” That year, the median annual pay for information security analysts was $92,600 per year and projected growth between 2014-24 was 18% nationally, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Facilities

Cyber Forensics and Security degree program students take classes in the Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex—a 155,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2015 with the latest technological capabilities. Our program’s majors will find they can gain experience in an advanced laboratory with the latest equipment used in the field around the country—and right here on our campus in West Virginia.

Career Opportunities
The constantly growing field of Cyber Forensics and Security provides a vast array of employment options across a wide range of employers. The median annual pay for security analysts is nearly $100,000 illustration the level at which employment with this degree can provide.
  • Digital Forensics Examiner
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Security Operation
  • Police Officer
  • Federal Agent
  • Penetration Tester