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Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option)

Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time

Overview

Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Computers are increasingly being used in criminal activity. From fraud to violent crime, computers are often found to play a significant role as a tool for planning and conducting a crime, and may contain relevant evidence pertaining to an offence. As indispensable tools in our everyday life, computers and mobile devices are key targets for criminals wishing to steal personal or corporate information, money, and more. There is therefore a growing need for specialists trained in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity. Specialists in these fields rely on an essential combination of technical expertise, investigative skills, legal knowledge and communication skills.

Program goals include:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of digital forensics and cybersecurity.
  • Gather, analyze and secure digital evidence for forensic investigative purposes.
  • Apply digital forensics techniques and tools on wired and mobile devices to investigate a cyber-related crime.
  • Investigate and ensure security, privacy and availability in networked computing.
  • Protect the information in storage and network communication.
  • Analyze, detect, and prevent network attacks.
  • Assess the security of various computer software architectures.
  • Investigate cyber attacks.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in digital and cyber-related investigations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with all stakeholders at all levels.
  • Fulfill professional and ethical obligations.
  • Apply legal principles and applications of the Criminal Code of Canada in criminal investigations.
  • Develop lifelong learning skills to keep up to date with changing technologies.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Students entering the full-time program are eligible to apply for one of two Scotiabank Entrance Awards valued at $2000.

Learn more about entrance awards.

Courses

Part-time option

Students completing this program on a part-time basis should select and register for courses from the Part-time Program Matrix [PDF].

The courses within the matrix shown below have been split into terms for students in the full-time option.

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option is intended to provide 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:

  • Computer Forensics Investigator/Examiner
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Computer & Information Systems Security Manager
  • IT Security Consultant
  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Network/Internet Security Specialist
  • Vulnerability Security Research

Graduates will be able to function both as professionals in their own right and as members of multidisciplinary teams composed of financial and investigative professionals.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dana Adams – Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford – Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb – President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung – Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe – Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega – General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin – Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk – Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram – Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services
  • Jagjit Sumra – Director, Investigative Services, Canada Post

Contact Us

Raymond Yu, Program Coordinator
604.453.4092

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