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Cybercrime, stolen identities, lost electronic files, information theft ... so many things can go wrong in our dependence on computer and Internet information. Cybersecurity — protecting electronic files — affects every aspect of our lives, from home and workplace to homeland security.

What is Digital Forensics?

Digital forensics is the science of gathering, preserving and analyzing the data found in digital devices. The term is often used in relation to solving cyber crime and describes a chain-of-evidence process to gather electronic data a way that can be used in a court of law.

Are you a problem-solver with a mind for details? A professional who wants to improve your computer skills and career possibilities? Consider the Digital Forensics program — it’s a fast track to a high-paying and urgently needed career path.

Career Opportunities

Computer forensics is used by attorneys, private investigators, businesses, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and a variety of other businesses. Possible career paths include:

  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Counterintelligence studies and policies analyst
  • Data restoration specialist
  • Digital forensics security consultant
  • E-discovery and data restoration specialist
  • Forensics analyst, consultant or service technician
  • Information systems security analyst
  • Network and data security manager
  • Systems administrator
  • Technology risk management professional

Digital Forensics Program Nationally Recognized

In December 2014, Richland College was designated as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence, by the Defense Cyber Crime Center, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

Information security analysts are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job projections, estimating 5,340 job openings this year at an average wage of $40.75 an hour. There are 3,710 projected positions for computer and information systems managers at an average wage of $60.75 per hour.  

America's Career Infonet projects an increase of an incredible 45 percent in positions for information security analysts over the next decade, with 32 percent increase for computer systems analysts and 22 percent for network administrators. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent. 

Of U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers 36 best technology jobs through the next decade, information systems analyst is listed as number two, security analyst as number three and systems administrator as number eight. 

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Degrees or Certificates in Digital Forensics

Richland College
Digital Forensics is a program unique to Richland College among the colleges of DCCCD.

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