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Cyber Crime Investigation

Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Crime Investigation

Program Description

The Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate provides individuals a bridge between criminal justice foundational knowledge and the growing law enforcement challenges of cyber crime. Learners in the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate have an opportunity to learn investigative and legal aspects of cyber crime while also learning techniques for preventive measures in their organizations.

Admission Requirements

Anyone interested in completing the Certificate in Cyber Crime Investigation may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate can be completed in eight months or less and there are no prerequisites.

Individuals completing the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate at Southwestern College may apply these 15 multi-discipline credit hours toward any bachelor’s degree offered by Southwestern College Professional Studies as either a major requirement or an elective.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate is offered in an Online format. Courses are delivered in six-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility for busy professionals.

Core Major Requirements

COT 420: Enterprise Forensics

This course surveys the essentials of computer forensics methodology to manage civil, criminal, and administrative investigations. Learners will examine how computer forensics combines elements of computer science and law to collect data from various computer systems. Learners study tools and techniques of obtaining and analyzing digital evidence in legal cases in order to help prepare them to use those tools and techniques to investigate complex digital forensics cases.

CJUS325: Criminal Investigation Techniques

This course surveys the principles, practices, concepts, and theories applicable to the investigation procedures of law enforcement agents and agencies. Learners assess techniques for collecting, preserving, and evaluating physical evidence. Learners will examine evidence collection relying on interviews and interrogation techniques with a focus on ethical standards and the admissibility of evidence. Learners will also review legal standards associated with criminal investigations and examine the range of evidence that can be collected and admitted in federal and state criminal courts. Finally, learners will examine the elements of crimes against persons and property and the techniques for effectively documenting evidence and information for presentation in court.

SMGT320: Information Security

This course introduces learners to the fundamentals of information security management to prepare them to be able to plan, implement, and maintain information security function within an organization. Learners will examine the technical components of information security and security planning, and legal and ethical issues surrounding information security. They will explore various strategies to identify, assess, and mitigate information security risks within an organization. Learners will also be introduced to security technology, intrusion detection, cryptography, and physical security.

SMGT411: Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention

The course examines the security function and issues from a loss prevention and crime prevention perspective. It specifically shows how to avoid or minimize losses with a wealth of practical information. This includes, community‐oriented policing, workplace violence, internal theft controls, executive protection, awareness, retail security, high‐rise security and fire life safety, personal safety and self defense, designing crime risk management systems, financial institution security, telecommunications fraud, and counterespionage strategies.

SMGT415: Legal Aspects of Security

This course provides a thorough overview of the legal issues and concepts that security professionals must be familiar with while operating in public or private organizations. A review of legal rights available to security officers, corporations, partnerships, and individually owned businesses for the protection of their property from theft by employees, customers and others is covered. The laws of arrest, search and seizure, detention, surveillance, and legal consequences are also examined.


Please note there is limited financial aid eligibility for this certificate program, consult your admission representative or academic advisor for further information.