Computer Security & Digital Forensics

Computer Security & Digital Forensics Certificate

This certificate is appropriate for CIS majors or experienced industry professionals who are interested in focusing in the security area.  Students can add this to their existing CS, IS&T or CS/Math major.    Because of the pre-requisite course schedule, this certificate is not appropriate for any majors outside of CIS.

For non-Temple students:   2+ years of experience in the IT section working in systems and network administration and/or security domains. Requires instructor permission. Process will be to coordinate through the program Faculty Advisor.


The computer security & digital forensics certificate includes a required three-course core of introduction to criminal justice or computer crime, computer and network security or wireless networks and security, and introduction to digital forensics, totaling 10 credit hours. Please note the prerequisites for these courses. For more information, visit the related websites below.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the proposed certificate program in “Computer Security and Digital Forensics”, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Good understanding of the key foundations [e.g., constitutions, statutes, case law, administrative rules], components [e.g., law enforcement, courts, cybercrime units], processes [e.g., legislation, warrant, chain-of-custody, e-evidence acquisition, and evidence integrity], and goals [e.g., crime prevention and control] of the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to determine the necessity for forensic procedures, and the knowledge to formulate and implement effective organizational digital forensics policies. Ability to use forensics tools and techniques to conduct basic digital forensics investigations. 
  • Understand importance of security tools and techniques used to protect an organization’s assets. Tools and techniques include VPN, SSL, e-mail security, firewall/IDS, secure software design knowledge, cryptography application in security, malware, and privacy issues.
  • Understanding of how communication technologies become targets of crime, instruments of crime, and important evidence sources of crimes.

Related Web Sites

Computer Security & Digital Forensics Certificate Advising Sheet

Department of Computer & Information Sciences

Department of Computer & Information Sciences Certificate Programs

Computer Security & Digital Forensics Certificate Program Requirements


Dr. Jie Wu, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304

Ms. Wendy Urban, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 352