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:
Official transcripts of previous academic work, three letters of recommendation, personal statement, and résumé are required as part of the application.
The minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is B– (2.7), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.
Application Fee Waiver
Current members of the American Jail Association (AJA) are eligible for a Graduate Application fee waiver ($25 for applications to the graduate certificate), and should email email@example.com with information confirming AJA membership.
Transfer of Credits to Degree Programs
All credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity may be applied to the Metropolitan College Master of Science in Criminal Justice program.
In addition to the below courses, students are also required to maintain an e-portfolio of the work they produce throughout the program. For more information, please visit this page.
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET CJ 610 Cybercrime
This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the "computer-crime" problem will be explored and evaluated. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Choi||FLR 121||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CJ 710 Applied Digital Forensic Investigation
This course is designed to engage students for conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received the high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course aims to cover various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CS 693 Digital Forensics and Investigations
Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Learn what computer forensics and investigation is as a profession and gain an understanding of the overall investigative process. Operating system architectures and disk structures are discussed. Studies how to set up an investigator's office and laboratory, as well as what computer forensic hardware and software tools are available. Other topics covered include importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes, details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. Provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. With rapid growth of computer systems and digital data this area has grown in importance. Prereq: Working knowledge of windows computers, including installing and removing software. Access to a PC meeting the minimum system requirements defined in the course syllabus. [ 4 cr. ]
Plus one of the following:
MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Campbell||SHA 210||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 694 Mobile Forensics and Security
Overview of mobile forensics investigation techniques and tools. Topics include mobile forensics procedures and principles, related legal issues, mobile platform internals, bypassing passcode, rooting or jailbreaking process, logical and physical acquisition, data recovery and analysis, and reporting. Provides in-depth coverage of both iOS and Android platforms. Laboratory and hands-on exercises using current tools are provided and required. [ 4 cr. ]