Digital Forensics

class_cj491-computers-102516October is cybersecurity month, and students in the School of Criminal Justice are learning extremely practical skills to help investigate cybercrimes and understand cybersecurity threats in Joshua Dalman‘s CJ491 class, “Digital Forensics.”  In the first month, he has taught students about the basics of computer hardware so that they understand the equipment and its functions. This is essential knowledge for forensic processing because possessing a deep level of understand on how computers work is critical in being able to recover forensic evidence such as deleted files.

class_cj491-students-102516Students interested in cybercrime and cybersecurity issues will find it encouraging that it is a massive growth area in criminal justice jobs. Due to explosive rise in cyberattacks, individuals with expertise in investigating cybercrime experienced a zero percent unemployment rate in 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. With hacking and data breach attacks affecting government, industry, and the general public alike it does not appear that this trend will be changing anytime soon.


MSU Police Detective Ken Zimmerman speaks to students about his experience with digital forensics and cybercrime investigations.

Joshua Dalman is a Michigan State University alumnus with a decade of experience in the field of cybersecurity. After completing his B.A. in History at Michigan State University, Joshua earned a M.S. in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida. Joshua has trained hundreds of members of the law enforcement community while he was a lead digital forensics instructor at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center. Joshua currently works in the private sector conducting incident response investigations for some of the largest companies in the world and teaches CJ 491 at Michigan State University.