Academic Catalogs

Digital Forensics and Incident Response, Certificate of Achievement


The program in Digital Forensics and Incident Response will provide students with a solid foundation in the field of cybersecurity with specialization in cyber defense techniques. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level cyber jobs or to help them advance into mid-level cyber careers, such as cybercrime analyst, cyber incident analyst, cyber incident responder, digital forensic examiner, digital forensic technician, and vulnerability tester. Topics covered include planning and scoping a cyber incident, domestic and international cyber laws, ethics, chain of custody, incident detection and analysis, anti-forensic techniques, timeline analysis, incident containment, eradication, recovery, report preparation, and expert testimony. The program includes hands-on and technical writing assignments to help students develop their skills for the cybersecurity workforce.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to locate technical resources to solve security-related problems with networking hardware and software.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with various tools to solve common security problems using theories learned in the classroom to design and implement a workable solution.
  3. Evaluate, assess vulnerabilities, and maintain secure networks.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course. To receive the certificate, the student must file a petition for graduation during his/her final semester. In addition:

Certificate of Achievement

  • Student must be in attendance at the time requirements are completed.
  • Students must also earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit.
  • A student with prior experience may be excused from certain certificate courses.
  • 50 percent of the certificate program’s units must be completed at Coastline no matter how the total number of units required for the certificate can be met.
Course Title Units
Required Core:
CYBR C150Introduction to Digital Forensics3
or CST C245 Introduction to Digital Forensics
CYBR C160Introduction to Incident Response3
CYBR C170Cybercrime and CSIRT Coordination3
CYBR C250Intermediate Digital Forensics3
CYBR C260Intermediate Incident Response3
CYBR C280Advanced Digital Forensics & Incident Response Capstone3
Total Major Units18