Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How will this program help me find a career?
  2. When can I begin my Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity courses?
  3. What are the entry level salaries for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Professionals?
  4. What hardware and software resources are available at Methodist University for the program?
  5. Will Methodist University’s Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program prepare me multiple career paths?
  6. In addition to obtaining the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Major/Minor at Methodist University, are there any industry standard certifications that will help me prove my expertise to potential employers?
  7. Will this program qualify for GI Bill reimbursement?
  8. Will I be able to qualify for financial aid to complete the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program?

How will this program help me find a career?

The demand for college-trained individuals in the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security field is higher than ever.  Since cybercrime occurs in every industry and cybersecurity professionals are needed for all industries, Methodist University’s DFCS program will prepare students for a variety of careers in different types of industries.

Upon completion, students will be prepared to pursue careers in desktop support, technical support specialist, network architecture and design, network administration, system architecture, IT Auditing and Compliance, incident response, digital forensics, penetration testing and vulnerability analysis.

When can I begin my Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity courses?

Students can begin to take courses in the minor as a sophomore.  If a student has no prior knowledge of computers, it is strongly recommended that the student take CSC 1000 Computer Literacy:  Introduction To Computers and Information Technology.

What are the entry level salaries for cybersecurity professionals?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Computer and Information Technology Professionals such as an Information Security Analyst is expected to be very high. Cyber attacks have grown in frequency and sophistication over the last few years, and many organizations are behind in their ability to detect these attacks.  Information Security Analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.  Depending on the location and education levels, entry level salaries can be expected to be $50,365 to $65,924 according to Salary.com.

What hardware and software resources are available at Methodist University for the program?

Methodist University has a dedicated cyber lab that segregated from university network resources that allows students to apply learning in a self contained environment.  Students in the Digital Forensics classes are exposed to industry standard software such as Guidance Software Encase, Access Data Forensic Toolkit, Oxygen Forensics Suite, Internet Evidence Finder, FTK Registry Finder, XRY and Cellebrite.  For Cybersecurity, students are exposed to the latest operating systems, various distributions of Linux, as well as Retina, Nessus, Wireshark, Snort and other open source industry standard technologies.  Students will be able to set up independent networks that they will be able to conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration tests.

Will Methodist University’s Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program prepare me for multiple career opportunities?

Yes, the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity program at Methodist University will prepare a student for other careers in the Information Technology field.  For a detailed list of industries and potential positions, see the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Careers  page on the website.

In addition to obtaining the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Major/Minor at Methodist University, are there any industry standard certifications that will help me prove my expertise to potential employers?

Yes.  Methodist University’s Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Program classes are aligned with the objectives of several industry standard technical certifications. Please visit the Technical Certifications and Certification Testing page for more information.

Will this program qualify for GI Bill reimbursement?

Yes.  Visit the Veteran’s Services Financial Aid page for more information.

Will I be able to qualify for financial aid to complete the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program?

Yes.  In order to determine the level of financial aid available, visit Methodist University’s Financial Aid page.