Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

A student works in the Cyber LabInformation Security affects all areas of business, not just the IT department. In addition to a loss of income and employee productivity, a security breach can cost a business its reputation. Implementing security training and certifications improves the likelihood that staff will respond quicker to security issues and practice better security procedures.

Methodist University's Justice Studies Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity minor is a 21 semester hour program that will prepare students for a career in the ever-growing digital forensics and cybersecurity field. The prevalence of computers and electronic devices in society has highlighted a need for those trained in digital evidence collection as well as those who can identify, mitigate, protect and respond to the wide variety of cyber attacks. This program is designed to give students a leg-up from the average undergraduate candidate, providing hands-on experience with network security and electronic evidence collection. Students who complete the requirements for a minor in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity will be qualified to enter private and public sector occupations focused on preventing, detecting, investigating, and gathering digital evidence of crime. Methodist University's Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity minor in is ideal if you are working with law enforcement and crime prevention sectors or if you are wanting to work in any industry.

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CompTIA Authorized AcademyMethodist University's Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity interdisciplinary curriculum takes a bottom up approach to information security to give the student an understanding of all components that possibly could be compromised if attacked. The minor is comprised of introductory courses in cybercrime and networking, digital forensics, data recovery and cybersecurity. These courses address computer crime investigations, collecting digital evidence, detecting and mitigating threats, vulnerability assessment/scanning, network penetration testing and IT auditing and compliance. The minor also focuses on the techniques, policies, and operational procedures that are needed by organizations to assist with securing a company's infrastructure.

Approved courses from other institutions may be accepted in transfer for your remaining requirements.  As of March 2015, Methodist University and Fayetteville Technical Community College have a Memorandum of Agreement that states that Methodist University will accept up to 18 semester credit hours from FTCC into the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program.  To view which courses will transfer, click here.

Methodist University has partnered with CompTIA to bring students curriculum that is aligned with objectives on CompTIA exams. In addition to being a CompTIA Authorized Training Provider, students are offered deep discounts on CompTIA's certification tests which will help students reduce overall costs for certification.


Requirements for the major in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

51 s.h.

Justice Studies Core (15 s.h.): JUS 2410, 3090, 3890, 3900, and 4250 or 4500.

Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity (36 s.h.): JUS 2430, 2450, 2470, 2500, 2510, 2550, 2650, 3400, 3600, 4050, 4450, and 4650.

Requirements for the minor in Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

21 s.h.: JUS 2430, 2450, 2500, 2510, 2550, 3400, and 3600.

Program Faculty & Staff

Sabrina Koncaba, Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Sabrina Koncaba

Director, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
(910) 630-7516
Karla Weinbrenner, Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Karla Weinbrenner

Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
(910) 480-8492

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