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.
Students entering the full-time program are eligible to apply for one of two Scotiabank Entrance Awards valued at $2000.
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.
Raymond Yu, Program Coordinator
Raymond has been working in the Forensic Science and Technology area since 2004. As Program Coordinator of BCIT Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, Raymond appreciates being involved in helping create a more secure future. He also enjoys helping students with their course and career planning, and supporting their search for co-op/internship placements. He works with employers closely to assist them with recruiting potential employees from his pool of both full-time and part-time students. Raymond received his MBA (major: Management Information System) from City University and his EdD (major: Leadership) from SFU.
Ryan Johnson, Faculty
Ryan Johnson is a criminal defence lawyer. He graduated from SFU with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and then from UVic law school with a Juris Doctor degree. Ryan has a great deal of experience representing clients charged with a variety of criminal allegations and has run numerous trials, including lengthy proceedings dealing with developing areas of the criminal law.
Ilia Lvovski, Faculty
Digital forensics and data recovery specialist with over 16 years of experience in private and federal sectors, including the criminal investigations division of the Canada Revenue Agency. Took part in large-scale investigations and joint operations in and outside of Canada. President of HTCIA (High Technology Criminal Investigations Association), West Canada chapter. Specializes in civil and criminal digital forensics investigations, data recovery, cloud analytics and cryptocurrency. Digital forensics instructor with BCIT since 2017.
- Lisa Lapointe – Chief Coroner Province of BC
- Jagjit Sumra – Director of Investigative Services, Canada Post
- Andy Mendel – Manager of OHS Investigations
- Scott Kramer – Director of Information Security, CLIO
- Tara Wilkie – RN, BSN, Forensic Nurse Examiner, SANE-A Co-Coordinator – Forensic Nursing Service, Surrey Memorial Hospital
- Jason Yap – Snr. Manager, Information Security & Network, Raymond James Ltd.
- Christine Martin – RCMP DNA Lab
- Hardeep Mehrotara – Director, Information Security, Concert Properties
- Ryland Wellwood – Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Special Projects, RCMP-GRC
- Michelle Prokop – Intelligence Analyst Supervisor, RCMP – Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC
- Clint Baker – Ops NCO, E Division Digital Forensics Services, RCMP
Raymond Yu, Program Coordinator
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