Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

There are few, if any, sectors in the world not driven by networked technology. We live our lives online, from reading the headlines to dating to ordering groceries. We have smart locks at home, sensors in our vehicles, and devices that connect us to every service we could ever need—creating vast amounts of private and sensitive data stored in commercial, financial, medical, military, and government databases. This technology enhances the quality of life, in many cases, and can even be life-saving. Yet, at the same time, the wealth of lucrative and destructive opportunities for cybercriminals, hackers, spies, predators, and other “bad actors” has ballooned.

According to the 2018 Internet Crime Report released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, there were 351,936 complaints reported that year, with losses exceeding $2.7 billion—a 238 percent increase in losses since 2014. The need for law enforcement officers, investigators, and information security professionals with expertise in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity techniques continues to grow.

The Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers an interdisciplinary approach that combines criminal justice and cybersecurity. Taught by faculty from the Boston University Metropolitan College departments of Applied Social Sciences and Computer Science, the curriculum ensures that students develop competency and practical knowledge, enabling them to work with various issues related to cybercrime. By participating in the program, students will gain insight into cybercriminology and the practical digital investigative knowledge, legal practices, and policies related to cybersecurity risk assessment. In addition, students who successfully complete the certificate program are eligible to take the forensic examiner exams.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity will be able to:

  • Understand various criminological perspectives, including cybercriminals’ mindset and the motivational factors that contribute to the committing of illegal activities.
  • Evaluate enforcement and sanctioning issues particular to the nature of cybercrime, and identify specific problems with the use of new technology in international jurisdiction.
  • Formulate criminological strategies for the prevention of cybercrime.
  • Comprehend issues around the legal admissibility of digital evidence and recognize various cybercrime environment issues in the course of a cybercrime investigation.
  • Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of cybercrime-focused digital forensics and develop the ability to apply digital forensic knowledge to cybercrime cases.
  • Use state-of-the-art digital forensic tools of the industry with an adequate degree of proficiency and gain essential preparation for the Digital Forensic Examiner certification exams.
  • Understand the process of conducting computer crime investigation and indicating security characteristics, threats, and responses via security measure assessment from technology; policy and practice; and education, training, and awareness dimensions.
  • Practice risk management—identification, quantification, response, and control—and disaster recovery procedures and countermeasures for the business enterprise.

Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

View all graduate-level Cybersecurity courses or Criminal Justice courses.

Inga Salija

Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (MET’19); MS, Alliant International University, San Francisco; BS, University of Illinois at Chicago

Inga Salija

Why did you choose BU MET for your graduate studies? What set BU MET apart from other programs you were considering?
I had successfully completed my undergraduate studies in neuroscience and a master of science in applied criminology prior to my time at BU MET. From there, I spent the majority of my professional life in healthcare, however I eventually came to realize that it was not the field for me. My interest in investigative work began during a lecture in transnational crimes I attended while in graduate school, as my professor discussed various criminal cases and law enforcement approaches to preventing wrong-doings. I was inspired, and made a firm decision to change my career.

In order to make my résumé stand out among job applicants, I searched for a postgraduate certification program that would teach me additional skills in an efficient amount of time. My search for a program lasted weeks as I reached out to different schools to find my perfect fit. I eventually chose MET for several reasons. The Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity (CIC) curriculum, with its emphasis on cybercrime, applied digital forensic investigation, IT security policies and procedures, and digital forensics and investigations, piqued my interests and needs. The admission process was very straightforward, and the application was easy.