Bypass navigation bar Search Home

Digital Forensics

​​​​Shortcut to this page: 
Photo of a magnifying glass and a computer
Photo of two businessmen discussing what's on a computer screen
Photo of Leah Atinda

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.

Read the program director’s statement for an overview of digital forensics, information assurance and the Digital Forensics program’s mission, vision and code of ethics.

Get started now in Digital Forensics at Richland College!

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

Richland College’s Digital Forensics program was recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information System Security Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in 2011. It was the first two-year college in Texas to receive this recognition.

Degrees or Certificates in Digital Forensics

See all degree and certificate options.

View Gainful Employment information for Digital Forensics.