“I can confidently say that the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program at Marshall offers the best collegiate experience any student could hope for. The program provides the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to secure a successful career in a rapidly growing field upon graduation. You begin by learning the fundamentals of technology and continually build on that knowledge to reach the complex level of understanding required to work in digital forensic or security related professions. Students learn industry-standard best practices and procedures, evidence handling and processing, a wide gamut of hands-on technical skills, and so much more.
“Throughout my time spent in the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program at Marshall University I was fortunate enough to receive valuable hands-on experience. The instruction methodology really challenges students to think outside the box, much like they will be required to in the real world. There is no single recipe for success, as each individual will learn differently, and ultimately end up working in a different environment. This is where the MU DFIA program excels! The broad range of subjects covered provides students with many career options right after graduation.
All of the professors are top notch subject matter experts and an absolute honor to work with and learn from. One of the best things about the program is that the mentoring doesn’t stop when they mail out the diploma. On many occasions I have reached out to former professors for advice or guidance in my career and every time they are so enthusiastic and willing to help. The program has rapidly evolved and improved, which is necessary in such a fast-paced field of study, and I look for it to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
I grew up in the rapidly-declining coal fields of southern West Virginia, and now I get to travel all over the planet and work with some of the most incredible cutting edge science and technology that exist. All thanks to the education I received at Marshall University.”
Information Assurance Engineer
Contractor – NASA
Digital Forensic Examiner
Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit
Spring 2017 Graduate
“I have to say that all the hands-on approaches you have in a classroom setting are excellent. Speaking as a non-traditional student, I was challenged in a way that made me better at what I thought I couldn’t do.
Marshall Faculty in the College of Science will make sure that you learn the basics to get started in the real world. They use real world examples in the classroom and give us assignments that make us look for the information we need to accomplish this task. We are not “spoon-fed” information in the classroom, because this is not how the real world works.”
Danelle D. Wandling
Marshall University Graduate, May 2015
“The hands-on approach and practical examples presented by the faculty greatly enhanced my learning of digital forensic concepts and procedures utilized in this profession. Students enrolled in this program have access to the latest digital forensic software inside the classrooms.
Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized certification and gain experience as an intern with a prominent digital forensic software company, leaving me well prepared to enter the work field after graduation.
I highly encourage others with an interest in digital forensics to take full advantage of this program offered at Marshall University.”
NTT Data as an Information Security Engineer
“Coming into Marshall as a Freshman in the Fall of 2008, I was full of nerves and curiosity. Not only was I starting college away from home, but I was starting in a program that was in its infancy. I knew I loved computers and technology and this would motivate me to do well. If I had another chance to pick any other school and program… I would politely decline. Marshall’s Digital Forensics / Information Assurance curriculum is premier in the nation. The courses rival many graduate level programs anywhere you go. With this foundation along with the core classes offered through the IST department, I had the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the work environment. Not only are you gaining an education allowing you to understand and apply the principles of DF / IA and Technology, but you are also utilizing the same tools and software that experts in the field use every day.
The program is also offering major certifications in a certification driven field, which adds much appeal to employers. I gained all of these things in my time at Marshall. In my opinion this is the best program Marshall has to offer. You are being taught by experts, authors, field leaders, etc. In the current job market when you pick your major you really pick how many options you have down the road. In the field of DF / IA you have endless options; law enforcement, analyst, pen tester, and so much more. When I graduated my resume didn’t just have a degree on it, there were valuable skills, tools, certifications, and classes I needed to make it in the real world. This all resulted in me getting a job in the government less than 6 months after I graduated. The program is staying relevant in a rapidly changing field… and that is indispensable for any student.”
“During my time as a student at Marshall University, I had the privilege of majoring in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance. The classes prepared me well for my current role in the information security field, but I would not be where I am today without the support of the faculty from the DFIA program. Outside of the classroom, they were always available for my questions, comments, and concerns, and opened doors to great internship and employment opportunities for me. The faculty from the DFIA program are not just educators, they are deeply involved in the industry and provide extreme value to any willing student. I am happy to be an alumnus of Marshall University, but proud to be an alumnus of the DFIA program.
The DFIA Program trains its students to be the best at all they do, giving them a wide range of skills to pull from. The professors are great to work with in the classrooms and out.
The training I received at Marshall University prepared me and left me ahead of the game day one of my first job.”
Senior Forensic Instructor