– Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015
If you know that digital forensics is the career for you, hit the ground running upon graduation with a completed internship and certification in digital forensics and mobile forensics. TU’s program provides an excellent overview of investigations, legal issues and evidence-handling protocols, as well as an opportunity to work with the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics for hands-on learning and research opportunities. Our interns have been placed at the FBI, NSA, United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center and DHS.
As society has gone digital, so too have the criminals, terrorists and other threats to our society and nation. The Bachelor of Arts in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Digital Forensics degrees at Tiffin University, position current and future law enforcement and national security professionals at the forefront of this new era. Virtually every crime and many of our most serious national security threats now involve some sort of a digital component.
Tiffin University’s curriculum is designed to expose students to real-world problems and real-world solutions. The Digital Forensics major is designed from an investigative and evidence recovery perspective rather than a computer science perspective. The Students that successfully complete the program are eligible to take professional certification tests in Digital Forensics and Mobile Forensics. This prepares our students to begin work in the criminal justice or digital forensics profession on day one after graduation.
Tiffin University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyber defense to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise.
Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.
This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.
Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.
“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police
Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Digital Forensics Major 45 hours
- CDS152 Introduction to Cyber Defense
- CDS244 Cyber Security
- CDS334 Technology and Crime
- CDS345 Cyber Law and Ethics
- CDS351 Survey of Computer Forensics
- CDS435 Advanced Digital Forensics
- CDS491 Senior Seminar in Cyber Defense (w)
- CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems
- CST201 Introduction to Programming
- CST230 Networking Fundamentals
- CST330 Network Infrastructures I
- ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics
- ENF293 Criminology (w)
- ENF460 Evidence Processing
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August
There are no related concentrations available
Network Management and Administration (CST230) - This course provides an overview of network hardware, operating systems and applications with a focus on design, implementation and management of the network environment inside an organization.
Introduction to Cyber Defense (CDS152) - This course will provide a foundational overview of the basics of computer network operations, their vulnerabilities, the various types of automated network intrusions and some basic defense strategies, including Defense in Depth. Students will become familiar with the differences between major categories of malware, such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses. The importance of security polity, a trained workforce, and the roles of information technology specialists within organizations will be examined. Rudimentary cryptologic, cryptographic, and Public Key Infrastructure concepts will be introduced.
Advanced Digital Forensics (CDS435) - This course will discuss advanced digital forensics, evidence, and case preparation. Concepts will include Access Data’s Forensic Tool Kit (FTK). E-Discovery and courtroom testimony will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will learn about the importance of forensic principles, legal considerations, digital evidence controls, and documentation of forensic procedures. This course will incorporate demonstrations and laboratory exercises to reinforce practical applications of course instruction.
Technology and Crime (CDS334) - This course is a survey of the use and potential of technology in justice agencies. The use of technology will be examined. Criminological theories related to the cyber-crime typologies will be evaluated.
- Computer Crime Investigators
- Computer Forensics
- Cyber Investigator
- Department of Defense Criminal
- Digital Forensics Analyst
- Digital Forensics Incident Responder
- Digital Forensics Investigator
- Digital Forensics Response Analyst
- Disaster Recovery Managers
- Forensic Computer Examiner
- Incident Responders
- Investigative Services
- Network Forensics Investigator
- Security Analyst / Security Auditor
- State/Local Law Enforcement
- Technology Crime Investigator
While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:
- Law Enforcement
- Law Offices
- Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
- Private Enterprise
- Private Forensics Firms
- Wisconsin Department of Justice
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