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With the increase use of computers to commit crimes and growing demand for computer-based data in civil proceedings, a need has rapidly developed for forensic experts to extract useful information from computer evidence.
Bloomsburg University's digital forensics program prepares students for careers as digital forensic specialists who can work with law enforcement, homeland security agencies, law firms and private companies.
BU's Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics offers the only digital forensics bachelor's degree in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is Pennsylvania's Center for Digital Forensics.
Digital Forensics Degree Requirements
Connecting in Cameroon
A relationship between two universities that began seven years ago with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding provided the seed for interactive digital forensics training expected to begin in January 2016. Undergraduate students from Bloomsburg University have studied at Cameroon’s University of Buea since 2009 and BU President David Soltz accompanied the group in 2011. But it was faculty from BU’s Institute for Interactive Technology who linked Bloomsburg with online training for Cameroonian judges, police officers and lawyers.
The training was created by Scott Inch, professor of digital forensics, in partnership with Michael Grube ’13/’15M. Inch developed most of the courses in BU’s bachelor’s degree program in digital forensics. Grube earned his bachelor’s degree in digital forensics, an evolving field that teaches students to retrieve information from computer hard drives, cell phones, tablets and other devices, and his master’s degree in interactive technology.
“Cameroon is experiencing a lot of cybercrime, including scams, because people don’t understand technology,” Inch said.
He learned of the scarcity of knowledge during two years of email correspondence with Ali Joan Beri Wacka, followed by her visit to Bloomsburg’s campus. Wacka earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria. However, her efforts to pursue a doctoral degree in digital forensics were stymied until she met visiting faculty from BU’s Institute for Instructional Technology (IIT), who put her in touch with Inch.