MS Degree in Cyber Forensics & Security

Technology has dramatically changed the way the world lives and works. We rely on technology to communicate, manage our finances, for our healthcare, to shop, and for entertainment, to name a few. Organizations large and small, public or private, rely heavily on technology. Technology underpins many critical industries, including health care, energy, retail, finance, and defense. Modern societies’ reliance on technology has made our data, systems, and privacy extremely vulnerable. Individuals and organizations are the targets of cyber-attacks and cybercrime 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are targeted by individual criminals, organized criminal enterprises, hacktivist groups, and hostile nation-states. The statistics below puts the extent of the cyber threat into context:

  • “Cybercrime is estimated to cost the world more than $6 trillion annually by 2021, a
    $3 trillion increase from 2015” (Morgan, 2017).
  • “Research by Cisco showed that 29% of organizations that were hacked lost revenue.”
    (Kauflin, 2017).
  • “Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017. That’s up
    from $325 million in 2015 — a 15X increase in two years and expected to worsen.”
    (Morgan, 2018).
  • “Cybersecurity spending to exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021” (Morgan, 2018).
  • “70 percent of US oil, gas companies hacked last year” (Brooks, 2017).
  • “Over 75% of the health care industry has been infected with malware over the last year.”
    (Brooks, 2017).

As significant as the threat is, it isn’t the only concern. Compounding the problem is a dire shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The criticality of this shortage in professional also raises another concern on 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 master’s degree in Cyber Forensics and Security (MU CFS) will help fill the critical shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals and help attract students to Marshall University and West Virginia. CFS curriculum includes many challenging, hands-on exercises with realistic, real-world problems and opportunities for students to practice and refine their communication skills.


CFS Curriculum

CFS Courses/Required Courses

CFS 630 – Cyber Threat Intelligence – 3 hrs
CFS 640 – Advanced Cyber Forensics – 3hrs
CFS 650 – Advanced Cyber Defense – 3hrs
CFS 660 – Advanced Red Team Operations – 3 hrs
CFS 665 – Cybersecurity of IoT and Industrial Control Systems – 3 hrs
CFS 670 – Practicum – 3-6 hrs
CFS 675 – Adv Research in CFD – 3-6 hrs
CFS 690 – Capstone – 3hrs
Other Required Courses:
CYBR 530 – Cybersecurity Policies and Management – 3hrs
CYBR 542 – Cyber Operations – 3hrs

Technical Electives – 6 hours required

DFIA 405/CFS 505 – OSINT Practicum 1
DFIA 406/CFS 506 – OSINT Practicum 2
DFIA 400/CFS 500 – Intro to Digital Forensics, 3 hrs
DFIA 420/CFS 520 – Incident Response, 3 hrs
DFIA 440/CFS 540 – Digital Evidence, 4 hrs
DFIA 445/CFS 545 – Mobile & Web Pen Testing, 3 hrs
DFIA 448/CFS 548 – Forensic Image and Video Analysis, 3 hrs
DFIA 454/CFS 554 – Network Defense, 4 hrs
DFIA 460/CFS 560 – Applied Digital Evidence, 4 hrs
DFIA 461/CFS 561 – Cyber Warfare, 3 hrs
DFIA 462/CFS 562 – Network Forensics, 4 hrs
DFIA 464/CFS 564 – Network Security & Cyber Crime, 3 hrs
DFIA 467/CFS 567 – Mobile Device Forensics, 4 hrs

Other Technical Electives (optional)

CYBR 500 – Computer Security Design
CYBR 615 – Cyber Risk and Vulnerability