About the Program
Computer/digital forensics has become one of the most sought-after and fastest growing professions in the computer security world. There is huge demand for qualified, professionally trained examiners both in government agencies and the private sector.
Cypress College offers one of the most comprehensive computer/digital forensics certificate programs in the community college arena geared towards the undergraduate and working professional students. In the program, students will learn the skills necessary to complete a successful computer/digital forensics investigation, as well as learn the legal aspects and report-writing skills necessary to see a case to a successful conclusion.
Students will utilize some of the most popular computer forensic tools in the world. Students will get hands-on experience using Guidance Software – EnCase, Access Data – Forensic Toolkit (FTK), Susteen – SecureView and Magnet Forensics – Internet Evidence Finder, just to name a few. All tools are globally recognized and are considered industry standard for computers and cell phone/tablet forensics.
Be it either for law enforcement or the business community, at the conclusion of the program, students will have the knowledge and experience necessary to enter into a career in the field of computer/digital forensics.
Computer/digital forensics faculty are all experienced educators and/or practitioners, bringing a plethora of knowledge for the learning experience.
Director of Computer/Digital Forensics
Nhan “Mike” Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen has an M.S. in Forensic Studies from Stevenson University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineer from California State University, Long Beach. Mike has over 10 years of experience in electrical design engineering and over 12 years of computer forensics experience with an extensive background in the field of digital forensics. Mike works for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) as a Senior Computer Forensic Examiner / Technical Officer. He is currently assigned to the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (OCRCFL), which is a ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratory. As a senior forensic computer examiner, he has conducted hundreds of extensive digital forensic examinations, peer reviews, technical reviews, administrative reviews and case assignments. He has also been involved in training and mentoring numerous digital forensic examiners (Federal, State, and Local) in computer and mobile forensics, tool testing and validation, software updates, and budgetary recommendations. Mike has multiple certifications such as the FBI’s Senior Computer Forensic Examiner, Senior Mobile Device Examiner, JTAG Examiner, Forensic Audio/Video Examiner and Digital Video Recorder Examiner. Additional certifications include: CFCE, CompTIA (A+ / Network +), AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), BlackBag Certified Examiner (CBE), GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) and Cellebrite Advanced Smartphone Analysis (CASA).
Mrs. Hogan has been involved in the Computer Forensics program since 2009. She was part of the first group to get certified in Computer Forensics at Cypress College. She has 35 years in education and has been part of the Computer Forensics teaching staff at Cypress since 2012. Faith has a MS in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University and a BA in Education from Dordt College.
Mr. Bruce began his career with the Cypress Police Department in 1988. Tom rose through the ranks first serving as a police officer, then corporal and then promoted to sergeant. In 2013, Tom advanced to the position of Police Commander. During Tom’s career, he has served in a variety of assignments, to include the Criminal Investigations Bureau as a detective. In 2000, Tom was instrumental in bringing digital technology into the bureau, and developed the department’s first digital forensics program. From 2013 to 2015, Tom served as the Criminal Investigations Division Commander, which included overseeing the Cypress Crime Lab and digital forensics program. Under his command, Tom was responsible for overseeing all criminal investigative efforts, to include management of the Crime Lab specifically related to digital forensics. Tom further enhanced the Crime Lab digital technology by acquiring some of the latest industry standard digital forensics tools, further developing the in-house digital forensics capabilities. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education and Master of Arts in Emergency Management from California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Sang Nguyen has a PhD. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, a M.S. in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Speech Communications from San Jose State University. Dr. Nguyen has his CISSP and CISA certifications. He has over 15 years of experience in systems design, project management, and cyber security with the Department of Defense. He currently works for the Department of the Navy At the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, as an IT Program Director, and manages their information technology and cyber security programs. His current research areas are in TAM, HCI, institutional research, and the digital divide.
With the advancement of technology and our legal system, the profession of computer/digital forensics is constantly evolving. Simply doing the work is not enough to remain current. Well after your educational achievement and certification, it’s important to stay engaged in the profession by attending continuing education classes and subscribing to professional affiliations.
Subscribing to professional affiliations can also offer your future employers insight into your personal characteristics, demonstrating dedication to your profession and a strong desire to learn and develop professionally. Involvement in a professional affiliation indicates that you are up-to-date with current industry trends and willing to personally invest in your success. Most affiliations also offer vendor neutral professional certifications. Some employers even require these certifications to compete for positions.
One such affiliation recommended for all students is the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). Established in 1989, the IACIS is one of the oldest and most influential computer/digital forensics organizations in the world with well over 1,800 active members. The IACIS also offers one of the most respected and recognized vendor neutral certifications (CFCE) in the industry. Membership also allows one to participate in their listserv, where members ask questions and get immediate answers, share their experiences, and stay informed with latest industry trends and legal issues.
Another professional affiliation is Forensic Focus. Forensic Focus is one of the web’s leading digital forensics portals for computer forensics and eDiscovery professionals. Founded in July 2002, the site quickly developed a reputation for encouraging open discussion and information sharing in support of best practice development within the digital forensics industry. Best known for its busy forums, Forensic Focus also offers breaking industry news, a worldwide directory of computer forensics education courses, interviews with industry focused leaders, job vacancy listings, a growing articles section and a monthly email newsletter with over 14,000 subscribers.
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