Cybersecurity Forensics and Information Assurance

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 Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, weekend, and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time. 


About the Program

Century College’s Cybersecurity, Forensics, and Information Assurance computing program prepares students for careers in Cybersecurity, information assurance, computer incidents, investigation, cyberspace ethics, and computer law. Cybersecurity is the activity, process, ability, capability, or state whereby information and communications systems and the information contained therein are protected from and/or defended against damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation.

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This program is designed to fill a critical and growing need for cybersecurity personnel in the public and private sectors. Students completing this curriculum will be capable of investigating and defending computer crimes/attacks and properly seizing and recovering computer evidence. Computer evidence may also be relevant in human resources, employment proceedings, civil disputes, and criminal cases. Students will:

  • Conduct cyber investigations using advanced file access methods, reconstruction maneuvers, and data recovery processes to seize evidence.
  • Protect computers and networks to defend against criminal and terrorist threats.
  • Utilize the same advanced technologies and techniques as the CIA, FBI, and Fortune 500 companies.

You could find yourself working in a broad spectrum of jobs. If you are interested in government and law enforcement, you could find employment with a local or state police department. You could also work in the federal government with the FBI, CIA, or various military branches. If you’re interested in a corporate environment, you could find employment with a Fortune 500 company, working alongside IT professionals on company policy violations.

View the CFI program’s Virtual Center for Cyber Education for events, news, club information, and more.


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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $219.29, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Accreditation

Century College is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education (CAE-2Y) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CAE-2Y institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government and opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation’s information systems. The Cybersecurity, Forensics, and Information Assurance program curriculum conforms to the NSA requirements for maintaining the CAE-2Y designation.

The Century College Cybersecurity, Forensics, and Information Assurance program is also designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Department of Defense (DOD).

 

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Computer Forensic Analyst
  • Cyber Investigator
  • Digital Forensic Examiner/Investigator
  • Forensics Technician
  • Video Forensics Examiner
  • Cyber Forensics Scientist
  • Intrusion Detection Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst

Salary Data

Cybersecurity Specialist

According to a 2010 national survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for the category that includes cybersecurity specialists was $75,660. Because salary potential may vary depending on location, education, experience, and other factors, prospective students are encouraged to conduct independent research to determine actual earning potential.

Salary potential from Indeed.com


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    Program Faculty

  • Paul Theisen
    Faculty
    Computer Technology Support and Administration
  • Gene Kath
    Faculty
    Cybersecurity, Forensics and Information Assurance
    651-773-1787
  • Experience: Kristy Livingston is a Sr Manager of the Cyber Security Operations Center at Sleep Number and Adjunct Faculty at Century College. She has 12 years of cybersecurity experience and has held leadership roles overseeing, data governance, vulnerability management e-discovery and incident response. Kristy holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies (ST) from University of MN’s Leadership Insitute and industry certifications including CISSP and EnCE.
    Education: Master of Science in Security Technologies (ST) from University of MN’s Leadership Institute
    Kristy Livingston
    Faculty
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