Tactical Computer Operations (TCO) is a discipline involving the offensive side of computer and forensics operations. Expertise in this field includes the ability to understand and work at the operating system kernel level, understand and work with shared libraries and application program interfaces, manipulation of network traffic at the frame level, network stack redirection, anti-forensic obfuscation, penetration engineering, and reverse engineering. Mobile devices have also opened up a plethora of offensive opportunities that needs to be understood and mastered in order to better protect and serve.
The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.
Students applying to this certificate must hold a bachelor's degree in either computer science or computer engineering. Prospective students without these specific degrees will need to have a technical bachelor's degree and show academic competence in the areas of: C (C++, C#, Objective C), Assembler, discrete mathematics, and computer networking. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) is required. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
Students must meet prerequisites for courses by either taking the appropriate undergraduate courses or through instructor permission.
Total credits: 15
|CS 571||Operating Systems||3|
|CFRS 761||Malware Reverse Engineering||3|
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Penetration Testing in Computer Forensics|
|Mobile Application Forensics and Analysis|
|Kernel Forensics and Analysis|
|Cryptography and Computer Network Security|
|Secure Software Design|
|Security Protocol Analysis|