Is a Cyber Crime Certificate for Me?

The Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate provides individuals a bridge between criminal justice foundational knowledge and the growing law enforcement challenges of cyber crime. Learners in the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate have an opportunity to learn investigative and legal aspects of cyber crime while also learning techniques for preventive measures in their organizations.

Classes taken in the Cyber Crime Certificate program can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management.


Required Courses

CJUS325 Criminal Investigation Techniques
SMGT320 Information Security
SMGT415 Legal Aspects of Security
COT 420 Computer Forensics & Cyber Crime
SMGT411 Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention

Course Descriptions

CJUS325 Criminal Investigation Techniques

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the problems and techniques involved in the investigation of crime. It includes current investigative procedure used in handling crime scenes, interviewing and interrogating suspects and witnesses, gathering and preserving evidence, obtaining information, and understanding the investigative process as it relates to crimes against persons and property. The legal aspects of case management, preparation, and court presentation will be examined.

SMGT320 Information Security

The course provides a framework for analyzing current and projected data, and information exposure within an organization. Also included are the study of firewalls, virus prevention techniques, network security, and common forms of cyber crime.

SMGT415 Legal Aspects of Security

This course provides a thorough overview of the legal issues and concepts that security professionals must be familiar with while operating in public or private organizations. A review of legal rights available to security officers, corporations, partnerships, and individually owned businesses for the protection of their property from theft by employees, customers and others is covered. The law of arrest, search and seizure, detention, surveillance, and legal consequences are also examined.

COT 420 Computer Forensics & Cyber-Crime

This course will cover the basics of starting, conducting, and completing a computer-related investigation. This course will expose the learner to basic definitions, procedures, and different techniques involved in cyber-related investigations.

SMGT411 Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention

The course examines the security function and issues from a loss prevention and crime prevention perspective. It specifically shows how to avoid or minimize losses with a wealth of practical information. This includes, but is not limited to, community-oriented policing, workplace violence, internal theft controls, executive protection, awareness, retail security, high-rise security and fire life safety, personal safety and self defense, designing crime risk management systems, financial institution security, telecommunications fraud, and counterespionage strategies.

Admission Requirements

Anyone interested in completing the Certificate in Cyber Crime Investigation may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate can be completed in eight months or less and there are no prerequisites.

Individuals completing the Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate at Southwestern College may apply these 15 multi-discipline credit hours earned toward any bachelor degree offered by Southwestern College Professional Studies as either a major requirement or an elective.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Certificate is offered in an online format. Courses are delivered in 6-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility for busy professionals.


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