Bachelor in Digital Forensics

This program focuses on computer security and the investigation of digital crime. The degree is centered around topics such as information security, system and network security.

Working in Cyber Intelligence or Security

This three-year bachelor program focuses on digital forensics, digital investigation and cyber intelligence. The program gives an overall knowledge about the protection and research of digital systems and covers core theories, which are combined with solid practical foundations. By doing this, a student will be able to achieve the level of competence required in security roles in the industry.

Students develop a thorough methodical approach to secure, analyze and investigate digital crime. As a student you will also gain the necessary skills to work out risk assessment and to handle the security of digital environments.

Espen Dysvik-Brandt
Studying at Noroff is fantastic. As a student I develop and learn every day. I definitely recommend the Bachelor's Program in Digital Forensics.Espen Dysvik-Brandt

After completing the degree, you gain the theoretical and practical experience needed to work in the police force or in data security. At a crime scene you would be tasked to consult with police investigators on how to collect digital devices for further analysis.

Program Structure

During the first year of the program students will be focusing on obtaining digital evidence and you will learn how to protect the information you retrieve. During this period, students will develop basic research skills along with the ability to verify that information. Also, during the first year, students are introduced to different technologies used to secure computer systems.

The second year of studies is more in depth. Students will explore computer systems, mobile phones and tablets. They will look at the filesystems associated with those devices. By obtaining these files we can look at the user´s behavior, vital timestamps and other information they stored on the device. We obtain this information from case samples and use the information to build timelines of their activities. Students will also look at how computer systems and networks can be compromised.

Bachelor of Digital Forensics. Study online.

The final year of the Bachelor program consists of projects in topics that the student finds interest in. The final project explores new systems and applications. It is meant to make the student an informed and knowledgeable investigator in the area of cyber security or the investigation of cyber-crimes.

Year 1:

  • Problem Based Learning and Research Methodologies
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Network Principles
  • Programming and Databases

Year 2:

  • Digital Forensics Practice and Procedure
  • Operating File Systems
  • File System Analysis
  • Network Security
  • Wireless and Mobile Devices
  • Digital Investigation

Year 3:

  • Security and Law
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Advanced Device Forensics

Electives:

  • Cryptography and Steganography
  • Incident Management
  • Data Recovery
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Risk Analysis
  • Honey Pots

Knowledge:

  • To demonstrate knowledge of procedures and standards
  • To demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Information Security and the students chosen specialisation
  • To be efficient, innovative, inquisitive security professionals
  • To understand what constitutes a security professional

Skills:

  • Interviewing skills and the ability to extract information
  • Apply a range of problem solving and investigating techniques, and to be able to interpret the solutions appropriately
  • Demonstrate at a practical level how to conduct forensic examinations of computer systems
  • Appropriate handling techniques for digital evidence
  • To be able to demonstrate excellent abstract analytical methods
  • To have awareness of the greater implications of their decisions and actions

General Competence:

  • Understand the importance of team-based, collaborative work
  • Is socially and ethically appropriate and contextually sensitive
  • Understand the skills required to be a security professional
  • To understand the computing professional’s legal and ethical responsibilities
  • To demonstrate good written & oral communication
  • To possess good project management skills
  • Apply a range of investigating and communication techniques, and to be able to appropriately interpret the solutions and communicate findings
  • To demonstrate skills as a reflective practitioner, with the ability to critically reflect on practice in order to develop professional skills

Job Opportunities

The expertise and skills of this bachelor program are sought after in the public, police and intelligence, and industrial organizations. The huge growth in computer technology creates real threats for both businesses and government critical infrastructures. Most large businesses that rely on information technology, have the need for people with expertise in digital forensics. This bachelor's degree provides a unique qualification for handling challenges in a variety of organizations, either as security expert in a small company, or as a team member in a large multinational corporation.

Carmen Berg-Jensen
The professors are very good and knowledgeable. They always make sure that the students are engaged with the study program. Carmen Berg-Jensen

The degree prepares you to work with security implementation. You will be able to examine data offenses and digital fraud. You can act as an expert witness in court cases and lawsuits. You will also be able to critically assess and mitigate threats to digital infrastructures.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Digital Forensics, you can apply for positions as information security manager, information officer, computer crime investigator, and / or eDiscovery investigator.

Further Studies

Students who wish for further training in digital forensics can apply for studies related to computing and information security at the master level and then at the doctoral level by Norwegian or international universities.

 

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Course information

Next startup: August 2017.
Read more about semester start.
Campus: Kristiansand and Online Studies
Duration: 3 years
Course language: English
Price online: NOK 41.500,- per semester.
NOK 1.500,- registration fee.
Price on-campus: NOK 55.750,- per semester.
NOK 1.500,- registration fee.
Admission requirements: Math R1 (2MX), or S1 and S2*
Three-year upper secondary education or a vocational education certificate. You may also apply for admission by prior learning. Read more.
Approvals: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. Approved by NOKUT.
Credits: 180 ECTS

*Math R1, or S1 and S2 is required for admission to the Bachelor of Digital Forensics. (Not required for mature students - over 25 - with relevant work experience.) A free repetition online course is offered to Noroff University College applicants. Read how to sign up here.

Lecturing staff

Dr. Mikhaila Burgess

Associate professor

Dr. Reza Sohizadeh

Assistant professor
Dr. Yi-Ching Liao

Dr. Yi-Ching Liao

Assistant professor
Tom Drange

Tom Drange

Lecturer

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