Why get a degree in Cyber Forensics and Security?

We live in a digital world. Our bachelor’s degree in Cyber Forensics and Security will help you become a success in this field. Technology has permeated nearly every facet of our personal and professional lives. Never has the threat been greater to our intellectual property, personal information, and critical infrastructure. Technology is being used to facilitate criminal activities and terrorist operations that span the globe. Billions of dollars in intellectual property are being stolen at an alarming rate. “Traditional” crimes such as murder, robbery, and burglary are also leaving digital evidence across a broad spectrum of technology. This technology includes mobile devices, networks, the Internet, and cloud computing platforms.

Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity

Marshall University’s B.S. in Cyber Forensics and Security has been recognized by the NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C). This designation was awarded in the fall of 2023 and lasts until 2028. This designation provides our students with access to a greater plethora of resources and shows that MU is dedicated to providing quality cyber security education.

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Marshall University’s Cyber Forensics and Security program gives students the hand-on experience that they need to perform investigations and work with security systems and networks. On-campus facilities include three labs in the Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex to suite the various needs of our students’ coursework.

Swiss-Army Knife Approach

By focusing on both the forensic and security aspects of the cyber world, Marshall University’s Cyber Forensics and Security program prepares its students to enter the growing cyber workforce without forcing them into a specific role. A nearly 50/50 split of forensics and security topics makes our students well-prepared to take on whatever challenges come their way post-graduation.

Addressing the Shortage of CyberSec Professionals

Compounding the problem is a dire shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The criticality of this shortage in professionals also raises another concern regarding cybersecurity education itself. Employers are expressing significant concern that recent graduates seriously lack hands-on, practical skills as well as the ability to problem-solve and communicate.

The Marshall University degree in Cyber Forensics and Security (MU CFS) help fill the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals through robust curriculums that include many challenging, hands-on exercises with realistic, real-world problems and opportunities for students to practice and refine their communication skills.

Marshall University stands ready to meet these challenges and help fill the void. The Cyber Forensics and Security undergraduate and graduate programs offer high-quality education in a challenging, active learning environment. Our courses are taught by experienced faculty that put students first.

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Educational Options

The Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Cyber Forensics & Security (CFS) produces graduates that can use science and technology to solve investigative and cybersecurity problems. The program is practitioner-focused, intent on providing students with the education and skills they need to help fill the cybersecurity skills gap. The CFS program emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication. The curriculum is delivered in a challenging, hands-on environment, using many of the same professional tools, techniques, and procedures they will use upon entering the workforce.

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Cybersecurity is offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Visit their page for more information: Cybersecurity, M.S. – College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (marshall.edu).

The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree at Marshall University is an efficient and cost-effective way to complete your four-year college degree. If you earned an associate’s degree and want to take the next step, or if you started but never finished your bachelor’s degree, this may be the program for you. The only requirement to start is that you be at least four years out of high school.

Program Features and Highlights

Some of what you learn will include

  • How computers, networks, mobile devices, and the internet work
  • How to use some of the most widely used professional tools
  • Sound forensic principles and procedures
  • How to conduct a thorough digital forensic examination
  • Cyber crime laws, laws of evidence, and search and seizure
  • How to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and visually
  • How to think critically
  • How to protect and defend networks
  • Penetration testing of networks
  • How to use open source intelligence to perform advanced investigations
  • Best practices for network security
  • How to perform effective incident response
  • Developing exploits and reverse engineering malware
  • Cyber warfare polices and practices

What you can expect

  • High demand for graduates
  • Students use professional-grade hardware and software
  • The curriculum is delivered in a challenging, active learning, hands-on environment
  • Experienced, published faculty with real-world experience
  • Excellent internship opportunities
  • Multiple student organizations and networking opportunities