Utica College has received approval to offer six new online certificate programs in advanced computer forensics, cyber operations, cyber crime and fraud investigation, cybersecurity technologies, cyber network defense and advanced cyber policy.
In collaboration with Utica College’s industry partners, the new programs were created to answer current industry needs. Financial institutions, in particular, are facing increased regulation coupled with greater cybersecurity threats, and they need cybersecurity professionals with specific technical and operational skills.
"Each of these new certificates prepares our students to take on specific challenges in business, industry or government positions," said Joseph Giordano, professor and chair of cybersecurity programs at Utica College.
Utica College, recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, was the seventh institution in the nation to earn a National Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence award from the Defense Cyber Crime Center, a US Department of Defense agency.
The advanced computer forensics certificate program is designed to provide students with the detailed knowledge to investigate computer and network-related cyber incidents. Students will complete courses such as advanced topics in cyber crime investigations and computer forensics, as well as access methods and data hiding.
The cyber crime and fraud investigation certificate familiarizes students with the technologies used to investigate white collar crime, financial crime and fraud. It includes courses on fraud prevention and detection techniques, cyber technologies for criminal justice, and payment systems and fraud.
The cybersecurity technologies certificate provides students with the basic foundation to understand cybersecurity, computer forensics and other related technical areas. Students will complete courses including computer hardware and peripherals, software foundations for cybersecurity and information security.
The certificate in cyber operations provides students with an understanding of the tools and techniques used to actively protect cyberspace systems and networks in both cyber defense and cyber attack domains. Students apply the latest tools and technologies in hands-on, controlled experimental environments. In addition, students examine how data-hiding methods such as steganography and anonymity are used in the conduct of cyberspace operations.
The cyber network defense certificate will provide students with the foundational skills to apply defense measures to networks and information systems. They will take courses including system vulnerability assessment and information system threats, attacks and defenses.
The cyber policy advanced certificate is designed to give students an overview of the constitutional, legal and public policy issues associated with the field of cybersecurity. Students will take courses in cyberspace law, the law and ethics of cyberspace espionage and international aspects of cyber policy.
Each of the certificates requires students to complete 18 credit hours of online courses relevant to business management, cybersecurity and financial crime and compliance management. Most credits may be applied to the appropriate degree programs if a student wishes to continue.
The new programs add to Utica’s suite of online and campus-based undergraduate and graduate-level cyber programs. Utica College has been a pioneer in specialized cybersecurity, higher education programs, addressing the needs that are critical to intelligence, military, national defense, corporate and law enforcement organizations.