NA — The newest certificate program for Rend Lake College students starts this fall with a focus on cybercrime. Registration has already started for the Cyber Forensics Specialist occupational certificate, a program designed to help RLC students make the most of their Information Technology or Criminal Justice degrees.
The 24-credit-hour certificate blends the functions of a computer technician and criminal investigator together by teaching students the legal and technical limits of a forensic search of a digital system. New, state-of-the-art software called EnCase will be used to allow students to retrieve information from computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices. EnCase is used by federal and state governments, the Secret Service and many local law enforcement agencies. As part of the certificate, students will be required to take two new classes involving the EnCase software specifically: Computer Forensics I and II. Students who successfully complete the classes for the EnCase courses will be eligible to take the EnCase Certified Examiner test. RLC Computer Networking Professor Ricky Robinson has been working all summer to complete the classes for the EnCE test.
“I’m already through the first semester, and I’ll be taking another class at the end of this month and one in December to finish,” Robinson said. “Then there are two tests to take for the EnCase Certified Examiner certification. Phase one is 180 questions to be completed in 120 minutes. You can take it anywhere there is Internet access.”
Robinson added the second part of the EnCE test is more hands-on and focuses a large portion of the result on organization skills with the software.
“The second phase is work on an actual case with several questions to answer as you go along,” Robinson said. “It’s a lot of hands-on work. I think Rend Lake College students are going to have an advantage because we’re going to be teaching case organization using the actual EnCase software.”
The EnCE certification is not only recognized by law enforcement, but can also be used in legal and corporate industries as a way of showing in-depth knowledge and understanding of investigation and computer skills. The occupational certificate and EnCE certification provide stand-out additives to a resume, according to information from the college. To find out more information or to register, contact the Applied Science and Technology Division at 437-5321, ext. 1261.