Computer Forensics Certificate

Help prevent cybercrime

In 2021, 4,145 publicly disclosed data breaches exposed over 22 billion records, according to a report issued by the firm Risk Based Security. Meanwhile, IBM reports the average cost of a data breach in 2021 was $4.24 million.

As cybercrime becomes more prevalent and siphons billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, government agencies and corporations alike are devoting increased resources toward its prevention.

Earning an online Computer Forensics certificate from the University of North Dakota can prepare you for a role on the front lines of thwarting cyber criminals. This program is designed to teach you the most current practices and techniques to help keep networks more secure.

By completing this nine-credit certificate program, you can:

  • Enhance your ability to detect and assess the penetration level of a security breach.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the different types of insider threats and ways to mitigate or prevent them.
  • Learn intrusion detection techniques and algorithms that can help you identify anomalies and strengthen network security systems.
  • Prepare to sit for the EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) certification exam.
  • Apply the credits you earn from this certificate toward our online Master of Science in Cyber Security program — that’s 25% of the credits you’ll need for the full master’s.

Expected completion time: This certificate program consists of three 14-week courses, which can be finished in as little as one year, including breaks between terms.

Course descriptions

CSCI 557 Computer Forensics 3 Credits
PSYC 525 Insider Threat Analysis 3 Credits
EE 740 Intrusion Detection Algorithms and Tools 3 Credits

Are you considering a career change to cyber security?

The University of North Dakota welcomes students from all backgrounds into our graduate certificate program.

Depending on your prior educational and professional experience, you may be required to take up to two foundation courses: Analytical Foundations of Cyber Security and/or Computing Foundations of Cyber Security. Speaking to an enrollment advisor can help you determine whether you meet these prerequisites.

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Earn your certificate in as little as 1 year

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Apply with no GRE required for admission

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Earn credits that can be applied toward a master’s in cyber security

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