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Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics AS

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Credits: 64

Cost per credit: $189

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Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics AS

Cybersecurity professionals are the first line of defense in protecting the cyber network in fields as diverse as banking and finance, transportation, law enforcement, government, and homeland security. Analysts trained in digital forensics follow digital "fingerprints" to investigate electronic data on smartphones, GPS systems, and computer networks for evidence of crime. The demand for security analysts is expected to grow an incredible 31% by 2029, making it one of the fastest-growing fields. Companies, government agencies, healthcare settings, and education providers are all looking for qualified candidates. 

The AS in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics at Herkimer Community College will prepare students to work in the investigatory side of the field of cybersecurity. Digital forensic examiners are the first responders in cybercrime, corporate crime, identify theft, and cyber-terrorism. Digital forensics tasks include identification of cyber threats and intrusions, assessment of cyberattack impacts, and cause and origin investigation.

As a student in Herkimer College's Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics AS degree program, you'll take a combination of criminal justice and computer technology courses to help you develop the skills needed to be successful in this rapidly growing field. The curriculum prepares you to transfer into a four-year program to get a bachelor's degree. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to obtain CompTIA Security+ global certification.

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Herkimer College Cybersecurity graduate Jon Gaines is a Security Consultant for Leet Cyber Security and credits his experience at Herkimer with providing “a large basis of knowledge in a variety of applicable fields.”
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Program consists of: 4 Semesters
Credits: 64

Cost per Credit: New York Residents: $189 Out of State: $325

About the Program

The Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics program at Herkimer College is certified by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program, which means the courses meet training standards of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). CNSS is an intergovernmental organization that sets policy for the security of all U.S. security systems.

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  • Understand criminal justice, information security, cyber intelligence, and computer forensics
  • Students will use critical thinking skills and creative problem solving
  • Proactive approaches to investigate, apprehend, or deter cybercriminals will be stressed
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  • Students learn Python coding to break ciphers and codes
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  • Become an expert in cyber threats and intrusions, assessing cyberattack impacts, and cause and origin investigation

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