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Chesapeake Offers New Computer Forensics Program

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

WYE MILLS - "Computer Forensics Specialist" could be your title if you were to complete the new Computer Forensics Program offered at Chesapeake College. Chesapeake offers the chance to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree with completion of this program.

The program, which should take two years to complete, consists of a mix of criminal justice and computer information systems courses. Two new courses will be offered in the 2006-2007 academic year.

Chesapeake officials say the new program was developed in response to student interest in the criminal justice field.

"With such high enrollment in the Criminal Justice program, we thought it would be interesting to students if we offered another avenue in which they could use both their criminal justice and computer skills," said Paul Creel, assistant professor of Computer Information Technology. He goes on to say that the field is lucrative, especially for those people who already have experience in either the criminal justice field or the computer industry.

For someone already in the computer industry, this program would open up another set of opportunities. This person would be able to familiarize him or herself with the proper procedures to enter law enforcement. One could work for attorneys, police departments, or a wide range of other employers.

Computer Forensics is a growing field where a person who enjoys problem solving or likes using a computer to solve crimes or investigate things, will be very happy. The person trained in this area can go almost anywhere in the country.

The computer crime course (CIS 220) is a history of how crime has evolved into using computers for criminal activity. Students enrolled in this course will also become knowledgeable about legal areas, including e-commerce laws. While this is a lecture-based class, the computer forensics course (CIS 262) is much more of a hands-on, lab-based course. The students will be working with different operating systems and learning to identify and use current computer forensics tools. They will also practice processing crime and incident scenes, recovering image files, and applying techniques for data acquisition.

For more information about the Computer Forensics program at Chesapeake College, please call Paul Creel at 410-822-5400, Ext. 380.

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