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Network Security Forensics - Advanced Technical Certificate

In as little as one semester, the 12-credit Network Security Forensics Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) program at EFSC prepares students for specialized employment in the high-demand field of network security.

Companies and organizations rely on networks to manage every facet of their operations and those networks need to be secure from date breaches and hackers.

The job of a Network Security Forensics professional is to look for security vulnerabilities, then work to stay ahead of these risks in an effort to protect the company's data and network. If and when network threats arise, these specialists retrieve information to help determine the source of of the cyber attacks.

This EFSC program was created thanks to funding from the XCEL-IT grant program to enhance cybersecurity training.

Program graduates may be eligible to apply for certification testing leading to a Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) in Certified Forensic Analysis (GCFA).

Network Security Forensics - Advanced Technical Certificate

Program Overview

Certificate Type
Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)
Delivery Method
On-Campus, Hybrid
Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Contact Information
For certificate advising, email:

Network Security Forensics Certificate - COURSE CURRICULUM

Coursework from the ATC may be applied to the BAS in Computer Information Systems Technology: Networking Systems Specialization. Because the curriculum is upper-level courses, all four courses have prerequisites so work closely with an academic advisor as you apply this certificate — or earn it as part of your bachelor degree.

Network Security Forensics ATC - Admissions Information

Please Note: This career training program includes bachelor-level courses and is open to students who have already successfully completed an Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a regionally accredited institution.

To apply, follow the general EFSC admissions process, and work closely with an academic advisor to ensure you qualify for this specialized certificate program.

Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

The cost of in-state, tuition for this Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) is approximately $1,545 — not including lab fees or course materials. Though this program is not eligible for traditional financial aid due to its length, there are other ways to reduce out-of-pocket costs. Veterans benefits, scholarships, and Florida Bright Futures funds may be available for some students. The Nelnet Payment Plan can also be a useful tool for making tuition costs more affordable.

College Courses You Would Take

The program's coursework focuses on cybersecurity, digital forensics, intrusion detection, and application programming controls. Here are the four courses you would take:

Why study network forensics at EFSC?

national recognition in cybersecurity

EFSC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems Technology Cybersecurity Specialization, which includes this Advanced Technical Certificate in Network Security Forensics, has received Program of Study Validation through 2027 from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, sponsored by the U.S. National Security Agency and Dept. of Homeland Security. EFSC's Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Center also has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence.

train in our On-site cyber range

The Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics operates a Cyber Range located on the Palm Bay Campus. The range is an air-gap network, which simulates a real-world enterprise network. It is used for network traffic simulations, security threat analysis and pentesting. 

Related Computer Programs

The advanced certificate best aligns with EFSC's Computer Bachelor of Applied Science Specializations. Since it requires an associate degree for admission, also explore those options and work with an academic advisor.