The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations can give students real-world, industry-relevant knowledge and experience in conducting investigations as a digital crime professional.
You Can Learn How to:
- Summarize details of essential computer concepts.
- Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files.
- Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling.
- Develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies.
- Collect and evaluate digital crime evidence while maintaining evidence integrity and usefulness by following proper procedures.
- Maintain and secure digital network devices and programs
- Identify and analyze potential technical misbehavior or problems
- Effectively report on and detail such issues using proper procedures and technical verbiage
- Collect electronic evidence of digital crime while maintaining evidence integrity and usefulness by using proper procedure
- Analyze and evaluate current and potential laws regulating and relevant to digital crime
- Understand industry expectations of professionalism and corporate conduct in digital crime investigations
At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
Introduction to Cybercrime and Digital Investigations
This course provides students with an introduction to the concepts and systems involved in digital investigations and cybercrime. The course discusses recognized incident response policies and procedures for collecting, preserving, analyzing, and reporting digital evidence, cybercrime history, and current and future threats.
Laws and Ethics in Digital Investigations
During this course, students will examine digital crime and investigation laws at various levels of government. Students will also discuss ethical concerns related to digital forensic investigations, and types of digital crime.
Digital Investigations I
This course will examine digital investigation tools, threats, and techniques. Topics may include procedures, steganography, operating systems, tool validation plans, and open source software.
Social Media and Social Engineering in Digital Investigations
This course will provide an overview of the types of social media available, risks associated with these media, evidentiary value of evidence, and evaluating and preserving evidence. The course will also focus on social engineering within varied environments.
Digital Investigations II
During this course, students will examine digital investigation techniques for applications running for network operating systems.
Principles in Electronic Discovery
This course is designed to provide students with the essential information related to electronic discovery. Discussions will focus on organizational electronic discovery needs and how digital investigators can fulfill those needs. Topics may include finding data collection, media restoration, file and email conversion, keyword and metadata searching, filtering, and classification and presentation of data.
Still not sure which specialization is right for you?
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Ways to Save
From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.
- Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
- Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
- Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
- Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience
For more information, download AIU guides below:
- Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
- Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
- Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience