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Digital Forensics

South Florida State College makes it possible for you to earn a college credit certificate in digital forensics in one year.

Digital forensics is emerging as a high-demand specialized field of criminal investigations. Digital forensics investigators recover, examine, and trace material found in digital devices, such as computers and cellular phones, often in relation to computer crime.

SFSC’s Digital Forensics program gives you the necessary training and knowledge needed to prepare for and conduct digital forensics investigations and incident handling methods and procedures. Courses emphasize computer hardware and operating systems and the principles, laws, and legal aspects of digital forensics. Graduates earn 32 hours of college credit and are awarded the Lantern Certified Examiner credential, which validates their ability to conduct analysis of any Apple or Android mobile device. Students receive extensive hands-on experience with the automated tools Lantern and Lantern Imager to parse and report artifacts. They receive the tools they need to pursue CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ industry certifications.

Courses should be taken in the following sequence. For complete requirements of this program, including any prerequisite courses, consult your advisor and the College Catalog.

Course Title      Credit Hours
Fall Term  
PC Support A+ Core Hardware 3
PC Support A+ OS Technologies 3
Professional Development in the Workplace 3
Computer Network Security 4
   
Spring Term  
LAN Support - Network+ 3
Introduction to Computer Forensics 4
Laws and Legal Aspects of IT Security 2
Security Testing and Auditing 3
   
Summer Term  
Data Forensics I 3
Data Forensics II 3
Network Security Internship 1
   
Total Hours 32

 XCEL-IT Advantages for Digital Forensics Students

SFSC's Digital Forensics program is part of XCEL-IT, a grant-funded program that provides additional benefits to students who enroll in certain computer technology programs. As a student in an XCEL-IT program, you may be eligible for financial assistance, and you'll be invited to attend customized advising workshops and classes, take part in workforce training programs, go on professional field trips, and receive career counseling. You’ll get assistance with internships, job searching, and preparing for employment.

XCEL-IT accepts students who are enrolled in the Digital Forensics program and meet one of these five criteria:

  • Eligible for assistance under the Trade Adjustment Act
  • Over age 24
  • Unemployed or underemployed due to lack of training and skills relevant in today's workplace
  • Entrepreneur or small business owner
  • U.S. military veteran

Apply for XCEL-IT by completing the XCEL-IT Intake Form. Deliver the form to the XCEL-IT Office, Building R-2, Highlands Campus, or email it to:

For more information, call XCEL-IT at 784-7438.