Department of Cyber Forensics and Security

Courses

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CFS 200 Introduction to CFS3 Credit hours   

This course teaches student how information is recovered from electronic devices and the forensic techniques used to perform forensic examinations. In addition, legal issues regarding electronic data will be discussed.

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CFS 261 Introduction to Linux3 Credit hours   

An introductory course for the Linux operating system, focusing on its application in information assurance and the digital forensics.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D or (DFIA 200 with a minimum grade of D and IST 264 with a minimum grade of D).

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CFS 305 Open Source Intelligence3 Credit hours   

This course identifies and demonstrates free online resources that can aid investigators in searching the Internet for resources that can be applied to domestic and international investigations.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 357 Network Penetration and Attack4 Credit hours   

Students will explore tools and techniques used to penetrate, exploit and ex filtrate data from computers and networks.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D or (DFIA 200 with a minimum grade of D and IST 264 with a minimum grade of D).

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CFS 400 Intro to Cyber Forensics3 Credit hours   

This course teaches students how information is recovering from electronic devices and the forensic techniques used to perform forensic examinations. In addition, legal issues regarding electronic data will be discussed.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 405 OSINT Practicum3 Credit hours   
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CFS 406 OSINT Practicum II3 Credit hours   
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CFS 410 Collegiate Cyber Competition I3 Credit hours   

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 411 Collegiate Cyber Comp II3 Credit hours   

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 420 Incident Response3 Credit hours   

This course examines forensic and investigative aspects of a network intrusion. Topics include pre-incident preparation, developing leads, scoping an incident, forensic data collection, evidence form hosts, networks, and enterprise environments.

Pre-req: CFS 400 with a minimum grade of D or (DFIA 400 with a minimum grade of D and IST 264 with a minimum grade of D).

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CFS 430 Exploit Development3 Credit hours   

Students will learn the skills required to reverse-engineer 32-bit and 64-bit applications, perform remote user application, analyze patches for 1-day exploits, and write complex modern software and operating systems.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 440 Digital Evidence4 Credit hours   

Concepts of computer forensics, including handling digital evidence, case preparation, forensic imaging, data recovery, password cracking, e-mail analysis, and report writing. Proper usage of difference forensic tools is emphasized.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D or (DFIA 400 with a minimum grade of D and IST 264 with a minimum grade of D).

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CFS 445 Mobile & Web Pen Testing3 Credit hours   

This course is designed to teach students the advanced skills and techniques required to test mobile and web applications.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 448 Multimedia Forensics3 Credit hours   

Course will introduce principles of multimedia forensics and their application to digital forensics. Practical forensics enhancements and analysis techniques, including how to prepare forensically-sound exhibits are covered.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 454 Network Defense4 Credit hours   

An in-depth examination of the principles, strategies, and tools used to defend, detect, and respond to a variety of common network attacks.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 460 Applied Cyber Forensics4 Credit hours   

Introduction to the principles, practices and tools of digital forensics and electronic discovery. Hands-on exercises in a simulated real-world environment are a critical component of the course.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D and CFS 400 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 461 Cyber Warfare3 Credit hours   

Broad examination of this new form of conflict including the role of nation states, the challenge of attribution, potential impact on the physical world, and current government policy and doctrine.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 462 Network Forensics4 Credit hours   

Examination of techniques and tools used to investigate, search, collect, analyze, and report on network based breaches and events.

Pre-req: (CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D and CFS 357 with a minimum grade of D and CFS 261 with a minimum grade of D) or (DFIA 400 with a minimum grade of D and IST 264 with a minimum grade of D).

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CFS 464 Network Security3 Credit hours   

Addresses security issues for TCP/IP-based networks, Access Control and Communications are covered as well as Internet security in areas of cryptography, protocols, applications, encryption, hash functions digital signatures, etc.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 467 Mobile Device Forensics4 Credit hours   

Identification, preservation, collection, analysis, and reporting techniques and tools used in the forensics examination of mobile devices such as cell phones and GPS units.

Pre-req: CFS 200 with a minimum grade of D.

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CFS 470 Internship3 Credit hours   
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CFS 480 Special Topics3 Credit hours   
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CFS 485 Independent Study3-6 Credit hours   
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CFS 490 Bison image  Capstone3 Credit hours   

This course reinforces assesses the student's ability to apply core digital forensics and information assurance knowledge and skills in a series of realistic practical exercises.

Pre-req: CFS 460 with a minimum grade of D and CFS 462 with a minimum grade of D and CFS 467 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Capstone Course
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CFS 491 Research3-6 Credit hours   

Students will explore and apply common research methods used in digital forensics and information assurance. Students will complete a research project including a paper or poster during the semester.

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CFS 500 Intro to Digital Forensics3 Credit hours   

Introduces students to core digital forensic concepts, including data storage, imaging, the digital forensics process, common Windows artifacts, and the fundamentals of the forensic examination of digital media using AccessData.

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CFS 505 OSINT Practicum I3 Credit hours   

Students will learn how to use advanced tools that can aid investigators in searching the Internet and resources that can be applied to domestic and international investigations.

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CFS 520 Incident Response3 Credit hours   

Course examines forensic and investigate aspects of incident response. Topics include pre-incident preparation, developing leads, scoping an incident, data collection, forensic duplication, evidence from hosts, networks, application and enterprise environments.

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CFS 545 Mobile and Web Pen Testing3 Credit hours   

Students will learn the advanced skills and techniques required to test mobile and web applications. This advanced pen-testing course uses a combination of lecture, real-world experiences, and hands-on exercises.

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CFS 548 Multimedia Forensics3 Credit hours   

Course will introduce principles of multimedia forensics (images, audio, and video) and their application to cyber forensics. Practical forensics enhancement, analysis, and reporting tools and techniques are covered.

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CFS 554 Adv Network Defense3 Credit hours   

Tools and techniques used to protect, monitor, analyze, detect and respond to unauthorized activity computers and networks.

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CFS 561 Applied Cyber Warfare3 Credit hours   

Latest developments and advancement in cyber warfare facing nation-state and non-nation-state actors.

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CFS 562 Network Forensics3 Credit hours   

Examination of techniques and tools used to investigate, search, collect, analyze and report on network based breaches and events.

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CFS 564 Network and Cyber Crime3 Credit hours   

Examines fundamental security concepts, protocols, and procedures commonly in use today. Topics include governance, access control, cryptography, physical security, security architecture, and application development security.

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CFS 567 Mobile Device Forensics3 Credit hours   

Identification, preservation, collection, analysis, and reporting techniques and tolls used in the forensic examination of mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets and GPS units.

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CFS 581 Special Topics3 Credit hours   

Study of emerging and advanced topics in Cyber Forensics and Security. Topics vary with instructor and change from one semester to another.

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CFS 630 Cyber Threat Intelligence3 Credit hours   

A detailed study of the cyber threat intelligence process and its products. Topics include threat modeling, structured analysis, adversary groups, tactical, operations, and strategic threat intelligence.

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CFS 650 Adv Cyber Defense3 Credit hours   

An advanced study cyber defense, including coverage of topics such as social engineering, authorization techniques, security models, trusted computing, network architecture security, operating system security, endpoint security, database security, and physical security.

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CFS 660 Red Team3 Credit hours   

Students will learn how to plan and execute and end-to-end adversary emulation and build a red team program, leverage threat intelligence to map against adversary tactic and tool automation.

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CFS 665 Cyber Sec IoT and ICS3 Credit hours   

Students will learn the tools and techniques to defend IoT and ICS systems that run teh Power Grid and other critical systems.

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CFS 670 Practicum3-6 Credit hours   

Students will gain experience and practical knowledge working with professionals in the field of Cyber Forensics and Security as well as gaining real-world experience.

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CFS 675 Reserach in CFS1-6 Credit hours   

Students will plan, implement, research and present a solution to a real-world problem within cyber forensics & defense, demonstrating their technical and professional skills. Must be pre-approved before registering.

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CFS 680 Special Topics3 Credit hours   
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CFS 690 Capstone3 Credit hours   

This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Masters Degree in Cyber Forensics and Security. This course builds on the concepts covered within the program of study.

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Faculty

Professors
Cohenford

Associate Professors
Brunty, Sammons

Assistant Professors
Gardner