The Marshall University Digital Forensics and Information Assurance (MU DFIA) program produces graduates that can use science and technology to solve investigative and cyber security problems. The program is practitioner focused, intent on providing students with the education and skills they need to help fill the cyber security skills gap. The DFIA 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.
All of our core courses contain separate lab sections where students hone their digital forensics and cyber security knowledge and skills. Students get extensive experience using industry standard tools such as AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit, Kali Linux, Cellebrite, WireShark, Social Engineering Toolkit (SET), Network Miner, Metasploit, Armitage, NMAP and many others.
Students are able to take certification tests for both AccessData and Cellebrite forensic tools. MU DFIA Lab exercises focus on building discrete skills that culminate in realistic projects or scenario-driven problems requiring students to apply what they learned during the semester.
Our labs are either developed and delivered inhouse, or through National CyberWatch.org. National CyberWatch provides a virtualized lab environment and a wide variety pre-built lab exercises.
The program concludes with an intense capstone experience where students put their knowledge and skills to the test by working through challenging simulated cases, penetration tests, and real-world cyber security problems. This capstone experience is designed to assess and reinforce the major learning objectives from their core courses.