Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO

Humanities and Social Sciences

Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative (SD)

Child pornography is a global scourge that plagues every culture and region. There is a growing need for highly effective cyber investigators to identify and to bring to trial Internet child exploiters. The H.E.R.O. program, designed to meet the need for these investigators, is delivered through the Department of Homeland Security and NCC. The program is primarily restricted to cohorts of students selected by NCC and DHS. Most students are Special Operations veterans specifically identified for admission to the program.*

Program Features

The H.E.R.O. Program is a forty-week cohort program.  Before entering the cohort, students must obtain introductory training or demonstrate prior learning, typically facilitated by the DHS. The training obtained through the Department of Homeland Security includes intensive computer forensics training leading to certifications in CompTIA  A+, AccessData Certified Examiners (ACE) and EnCase 1.  It also includes an overview of the child sexual abuse problem, specifically covering child abuse and trauma, child sexual abuse prevention, prosecution of child sex offenders, and coping with the stresses of working in the field of child sexual exploitation prevention.   

Students admitted to the program will spend 10 months in NCC-monitored internships assisting Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents with criminal cases and prosecutions.  Duties may include processing digital media and forensic analysis. Interns will assist investigators to identify high-value targets, to locate child victims, and to prepare detailed reports for prosecutions.

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Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate computer forensic skills
  • Be able to track down on-line predators using legally, ethically and constitutionally sound techniques.
  • Demonstrate principles and methods of investigation, including the role of the prosecutor, the function of the courts, and sentencing, corrections, probation and parole processes.
  • Manage cases effectively, professionally and efficiently to support successful prosecutions
  • Assist investigators to identify high-value targets and locate child victim and prepare detailed reports.

Program Overview:

Course Code Course Title Credits
  Session One  
CJST 111 American Legal System 3
CFAN 210 Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO Internship I 4
  Session Two  
CJST 115 Criminal Law 3
CFAN 220 Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO Internship II 4
  Session Three  
CJST 135 Law Enforcement and Investigative Techniques 3
CFAN 230 Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO Internship III 4
  Session Four  
CJST 145 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
CFAN 240 Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO Internship IV 4
  Total Credits: 28
  • All sections of courses in this program will be restricted so that only students admitted to the program can register for them.
  • ENGL 101, English I, and CJST 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice, will be waived for all students selected for this program.

*Enrollment in DHS (PROTECT and IT) training is the primary pathway for admission to this program. Students may apply for admission to the program by demonstrating the same competencies and clearances that are facilitated by the DHS pre-admission training program.

  1. Academic coursework equivalent to SOCA 103 (Introduction to Sociology), SOCA 150 (Deviance) and SOCA 204 (Social Problems)
  2. Three completed computer certifications
    • CompTIA  A+ (or ELEC 130, PC Support and Troubleshooting)
    • AccessData Certified Examiners (ACE)
    • EnCase 1
  3. Have identified an appropriate internship at an investigative agency or organization and possess an active, federally-granted ‘SECRET’ level Security clearance from a sponsoring agency or organization.