CRANFORD – Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, students will have an opportunity to major in Cyber Forensics, a new Associate in Applied Science degree program at Union County College. The dynamic field of cyber forensics encompasses the discovery, preservation, analysis, and reporting of digital evidence in a way that is admissible in a court of law. The employment outlook for this field is extremely favorable due to the rampant growth in data breaches, privacy violations, and cybercrimes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), cyber-related occupations are projected to grow by 28% between 2016 and 2026, four times faster than the average for all occupations.

Union’s exciting associate degree program was designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or continue their studies at baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities. Students entering the workforce upon graduation will be qualified for in-demand jobs, such as middle-skill digital forensics technicians, cyber forensics examiners, and cybersecurity incident handlers.

Experiential education is integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a service-learning capstone course with community partners; students apply what they have learned in a real world situations with non-profit organizations. Through hands-on learning, students will gain valuable experience with leading digital forensics software and hardware tools in a dedicated classroom that was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. In addition to gaining technical skills, students will broaden their studies with classes in cybersecurity principles, cyber law and ethics, criminal justice, government, sociology, and statistics. For a complete list of courses comprising this two-year program visit the College’s online catalog, http://onlinecatalog.ucc.edu/. The College is currently accepting registrations for summer and fall 2018 classes. Register while seats are still available.

For more information about Union County College and to register for classes visit us online at www.ucc.edu.