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Computer Forensics Program

About the Program

Instructor Dan Dainton talks about the fast growing field of computer forensics. “There is an increase in demand for doing this kind of work. Cyber crime is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States due to the exponential growth of the Internet”.

Dainton introduces the program at CLC. “We have a computer forensics program, not only a degree, but two certificate programs, one for computer forensics technician and one for computer forensics analyst. The technician would be for more of an entry-level type certificate for someone going into the field as a first timer. Computer forensics analyst would be designed for somebody already working in the networking field and is interested in upgrading their skills and getting into an area where they are doing more computer forensics type work.”

About the Instructors

Sanjay Kumar, computer information technology instructor, describes the instructors as very well trained and well qualified. “They come with a lot of experience from the industry. So, we have seen what the industry is looking for [in a computer forensics professional].”

Dan Dainton explains, “We have adjunct faculty from both law enforcement and also from federal agencies who have years of experience in this field and are able to add to our program and give our students perspective on computer forensics concepts and techniques that would apply to the law enforcement side.”

Student Experience

Dennis Joyce, computer forensics student, shares his experience. “This would be my third associates when I complete it. And I’ve always thought rather highly of the instructors and the knowledge they’ve passed on to me over the years and in the various classes.”

Eric Slay, computer forensics student talks about the instructors. “They are well balanced not only in their field but they are also right there to help you. If you don’t understand something they are always there to make sure you understand things and make sure you’ve got a good grasp on things before they move on. You really get that feeling of like a close-knit kind of thing, with the small classroom where you’re not just one of the crowd.”

Sanjay Kumar adds, “Instructors are able to offer one-on-one experience. So if they have any difficulties that can be tackled.”

About the Technology

“At the College of Lake County we do a really good job of keeping our equipment state-of-the-art. We always have really good computers, fast, a lot of memory,” explains Dainton.

“All of our courses are geared towards the latest technology which is out there,” Kumar continues, “We try to give them a real good hands on experience that simulate with the industry environment so that when they leave here, they fit well in the industry and are successfull.”