The increasing pervasiveness and convenience of computers make them vital to our everyday lives. Computers are the backbone of our infrastructure, and anyone with malicious intent can cause irreparable harm by crippling these systems. Our dependence on computers leaves us vulnerable to exploitation and all stages of computer operations or transactions are susceptible. Criminals are finding more and more ways to take advantage of this: from identity and corporate theft to credit card fraud, they are not only targeting our computers but using computers to commit these crimes. Most crimes leave some clues behind and computer crime is no exception. You have to know what, how and where to find them.
This proliferation of crime involving computers has led to a need for specialists trained in the field of computer forensics, the scientific analysis of communications and data on computer storage devices. Specialists in computer forensics unite technical expertise with investigative skills and legal knowledge, a combination which is essential for computer crime investigations. Some applications of computer forensics are:
Training in computer forensics is extremely important in order to understand how to handle the delicate information in storage devices. Technical people may think they know how to extract data; however, they may inadvertently alter or delete important information. Computer forensics practitioners know how to handle information extraction, as well as how to identify information that is useful in a legal case and how to explain and present it in court. Primary responsibilities of computer forensic investigators include:
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Graduates from the Computer Crime Studies Option will gain the additional skills and knowledge that professionals require to work successfully in the prevention and investigation of commercial crime and computer crime. There is a growing requirement for professionals in both the private and public sectors. Some position titles include:
Graduates will be able to function both as professionals in their own right and as members of multi-disciplinary teams composed of financial and investigative professionals.
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