At a Glance:

Floyd, Gordon, and Polk: Janice Carney
Janice Carney, Program Director & Instructor of Computer Information Systems
Office: J104
Phone: 706-295-6978
Campus: Floyd County Campus, Gordon County Campus
Department: Computer Information Systems, Business Administrative Technologies

Catoosa & Walker: Rocky Spurlock
Rocky Spurlock, Instructor of Computer Information Systems
Office: A225
Phone: 706-965-1131
Campus: Catoosa County Campus
Department: Computer Information Systems, Business Administrative Technologies

Computer Forensics & Security Specialist (CF51)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Walker County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus
  • Catoosa County Campus

Program Overview

(Not Accepting New Students On The Polk Campus)

Computer Forensics and Security Specialist certificate is designed to give students the knowledge they need to understand how to detect and prevent computer-related criminal activity and/or unauthorized use, including computer systems security.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (23 hours)
Provides an overview of information systems, computers and technology. Topics include: Information Systems and Technology Terminology, Computer History, Data Representation, Data Storage Concepts, Fundamentals of Information Processing, Fundamentals of Information Security, Information Technology Ethics, Fundamentals of Hardware Operation, Fundamentals of Networking, Fundamentals of the Internet, Fundamentals of Software Design Concepts, Fundamentals of Software, (System and Application), System Development Methodology, Computer Number Systems conversion (Binary and Hexadecimal), Mobile computing.
This course serves to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security along with the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components with an introduction to the fundamentals of installing and maintaining computers. Students will develop the skills to identify the basic functionality of the operating system, perform basic troubleshooting techniques, utilize proper safety procedures, and effectively interact with customers and peers. This course is designed to help prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification examination.
This course provides a broad overview of information security. It covers terminology, history, security systems development and implementation. Student will also cover the legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security.
This course will provide knowledge and the practical experience necessary to configure the most common server platforms. Lab exercises will provide students with experience of establishing operating systems security for the network environment.
This course provides knowledge and the practical experience necessary to evaluate, implement and manage secure information transferred over computer networks. Topics include network security, intrusion dectection, types of attacks, methods of attacks, security devices, basics of cryptography and organizational security elements.
This course examines the use of computers in the commission of crimes, collection, analysis and production of digital evidence. Students will use computer resources to explore basic computer forensic investigation techniques.
and one of the following (3 - 4 hours)
Provides an overview of modern operating systems and their use in home and small business environments. Activities will utilize the graphical user interface (GUI) and command line environment (CLI This will include operating system fundamentals; installing, configuring, and upgrading operating systems; managing storage, file systems, hardware and system resources; troubleshooting, diagnostics, and maintenance of operating systems; and networking.
Provides the ability to implement, administrator, and troubleshoot Windows Professional Client as a desktop operating system in any network environment.
This course introduces the UNIX/Linux operating system skills necessary to perform entry-level user functions. Topics include: history of UNIX/Linux, login and logout, the user environment, user password change, the file system, hierarchy tree, editors, file system commands as they relate to navigating the file system tree, UNIX/Linux manual help pages, using the UNIX/Linux graphical desktop, and command options. In addition, the student must be able to perform directory and file displaying, creation, deletion, redirection, copying, moving, linking files, wildcards, determining present working directory and changing directory locations.
and one of the following (4 hours)
Introduces networking technologies and prepares students to take the CompTIA*s broad-based, vendor independent networking certification exam, Network +. This course covers a wide range of material about networking, including local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. Focuses on operating network management systems, and implementing the installation of networks. It reviews cabling, connection schemes, the fundamentals of the LAN and WAN technologies, TCP/IP configuration and troubleshooting, remote connectivity, and network maintenance and troubleshooting. Topics include: basic knowledge of networking technology, network media and topologies, network devices, network management, network tools and network security.
Prerequisite: Program admission. This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging network technology. Topics include basic network concepts, basic network device configuration, network protocols and models, network access, Ethernet and access control, end to end communications, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting, fundamental application services, security, and network performance.