Undergraduate Major in Digital Forensics

Undergraduate Major in Digital Forensics

It is an exciting time for digital forensics at the University at Albany’s School of Business.

The four-year digital forensics program is the first of its kind in New York and only the third such program in the nation.

Given the evolving complexity of information systems, the digital forensics program will provide students with the high level training needed to meet the information forensics and security demands for organizations in all sectors of the economy, including health care, government, financial services, and retail establishments.

The proposed undergraduate curriculum in digital forensics is designed to provide a high quality educational experience that will not only develop a foundation of fundamental knowledge of and basic proficiency with digital forensics, but also nurture the development of students who are able to think critically, perform high-level analysis, adapt to changing environments through innovation and exploration, and have a deep understanding of the technical, legal, social, financial, political, and psychological influences that are related to the practice of digital forensics and investigation of cyber crime.

The program harnesses the strengths of the School of Business, the School of Criminal Justice, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing and Information to educate students in the protection, defense, and investigation of information and information systems in areas such as public accounting, government, industry and not-for-profit environments. The program will also build collaborations with two-year community colleges throughout New York, creating a pipeline of students from community colleges to our digital forensics program and then to related graduate programs within the University.

The curriculum is dedicated to providing quality undergraduate education in the interdisciplinary field of digital forensics. The program will provide students with core technology skills of network, hardware, software, and law. It will build core competency in the area of data preservation, examination, and discovery across for criminal, accounting, and financial forensics. This degree program as a whole will offer an academically rigorous preparation for students intending to pursue professional, scientific, or technical, careers in digital forensics related fields as well as pursue graduate education in the area of security, digital forensics, and law.

The goal is to begin admitting students to the digital forensics program in the Fall of 2014.

For  information about becoming involved in this exciting program contact Sanjay Goel at goel@albany.edu.