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Learn to collect digital evidence after a computer security breach and help recover information after a cyber threat or hardware failure. Analyze systems to detect compromises and close the system security gaps through legal hacking.
Gain skills in penetration testing, digital forensics, and enterprise network security in the private and public sectors.
This is an Open Admissions program, which means you can enrol in courses right away.
Advance or change your career by learning to provide hands-on innovation in computer security and digital forensics technically on the job.
What Will You Learn?
This program provides a set of technical cybersecurity skills that can be applied to systems security, protection, and privacy as a cybersecurity specialist at your workplace.
Learn how to:
- Extract evidence using investigative protocols and report on a variety of complex issues that may arise in enterprise information systems. For example:
- network and computer hacking
- cyber extortion
- organized cyber crime
- cyber espionage detection
- Develop an understanding of privacy and security protocols in compliance with complex legal and regulatory parameters.
- Apply best-in-kind technical practices in the evolving field of cyber security to real world problems. For example:
- white/black box penetration testing
- system and network vulnerability identification
- security weakness remediation
- Manage and evaluate information security and data protection functions integrated within the greater organizational governance structure.
- Penetration Testing
- Kali Linux, Metasploit
- Network Assessment and Protection
- Wireshark, Nmap, Ncrack, Nessus, hping3
- Online Virus Scanners
- Intrusion Detection
- Encryption and Decryption Methods
- Certificate Authority/Digital Signatures and Digital Watermarking
- Hash Functions
- CrypTool, S-Tools
- Forensics Analysis
- Honey Pots
- FTK Imager
- Mobile: iPhone Analyzer
- Threat Risk Assessment
- Human Factor Engineering
- Hacker Profiling
- Risk Management
- Security Policies and Procedures
- Enforcement and Monitoring
The Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics is an excellent complement to the problem-solving and solution-building skills you already possess.
Who Should Take This Certificate?
This certificate is intended for individuals who want to expand their expertise and learn the essential components intrinsic to computer security assurance and cybersecurity forensics. This includes current and aspiring employees in both public and private corporations and government entities.
You may be interested if you are or wish to become a:
- Computer network security and forensics analyst
- Vulnerability security research professional
- Security analyst systems administrator for information technology
- Law enforcement professional
- Systems security investigator
- Chief Information Officer
- Computer forensics examiner
- Risk manager
- Privacy and security officer
- Cybersecurity specialist
- Lawyer, paralegal, or private investigator
- System architect
- Computer security director
- Security officer for information technology (IT)
- Provisioning manager for identity and access
- Security procurement agent
- Privacy liaison specialist or officer
- Manager of application control
- Response team leader
Who Teaches the Courses?
Our instructors are selected through a highly competitive process and are expert practitioners in the industry.
In addition to your instructors, you will be encouraged to email and set up a prescheduled telephone or in-person appointment with our virtual tutor, who is a cybersecurity expert and may assist you.
Industry and Careers
Analysts with highly developed skills in computer security are required by:
- financial institutions such as banks
- IT companies
- major corporations
- consulting firms
- law enforcement
- government entities
These specialists provide protection and security while upholding international laws in cybersecurity.
“Completing the Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics through The Chang School was the best decision I've made. I appreciated how helpful and well-connected faculty members were with employers. They really went above and beyond for their students. This program enabled me to strengthen my resumé and open doors to new and better career opportunities.” – Jerrin
- 6 required courses
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
Recommended Course Sequence
We recommend you take courses in the following order:
- CKDF 110 - Computer Network Security
- CKDF 140 - Security Architecture and Design
- CKDF 145 - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) OR CSCI 243 - Continuity and Risk Management OR CZLW 120 - Law for Forensics
- CKDF 120 - Computer Cryptography and Digital Steganography
- CKDF 130 - Digital Forensics Systems
- CKDF 150 - Digital Forensics Investigation
You may adjust your course load as you see fit. Some students are comfortable taking three courses per term, while others extend the amount of time it takes to complete the certificate.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including English)
- With a minimum average of 70 percent
- Mature student status
Note: Knowledge of TCP/IP is recommended.
Awards and Financial Aid
Fast Track Option
Fast-track your Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. The Computer Security Fast Track is an intensive program that offers you the chance to complete all six courses required to earn the certificate in a single term. The fast track is available online every term and in-class in the Spring/Summer term.
For more information, contact Academic Coordinator Alex Ferworn at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the program cost?
Registration for the certificate program is free. The cost of each course is calculated individually, and this program has six required courses. Check the course pages for details on fees.
Do course fees change if you are an international student?
Yes, if the course is degree-credit. International students pay two and a half (2.5) times the regular student tuition fee for degree-credit courses.
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
Many of our students graduate within one calendar year (or fewer than eight months) of enrolling in courses by completing all course requirements in two to three terms. You may choose how quickly you want to complete all the required courses.
Can I take more than one course per term and still hold my full-time job?
It is possible to take one to three courses per term and still hold your full-time job. However, we recommend you organize your schedule to suit your needs.
Can I substitute a course from another certificate and have it apply to my certificate requirements?
No. This certificate program does not allow course substitutions or transfers.
What prerequisites or professional experiences are recommended for this certificate?
Knowledge of TCP/IP is recommended.
Contact Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director, for further clarification about certificate program requirements.
Are any courses available for substitution or transfer credit?
No. All courses in this certificate must be taken at The Chang School and are not eligible for course substitution or transfer credit application.
Which textbooks will I have to purchase for this certificate?
Textbook requirements vary by year. You will receive your textbook information on the Course Outline in the first week of class. Please do not pre-emptively buy any textbooks.
Are there any specific computer requirements to complete the course work?
Yes. You will need Windows 10 to complete online virtual lab activities on your own desktop or laptop. Apple computers will not support the virtual lab activities.
Will this certificate qualify me to become certified as a cyber security professional?
The certificate will qualify you to take certification examinations similar to the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). If you plan to write the CISSP exam, you may wish to take CKDF 145: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as one of your required courses.
Questions? Contact Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director.