Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

Do you know that computer hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans in the last 12 months? This program will teach you the ins and outs of computer security as well as how to keep information safe. 

With millions of Americans having their personal information stolen each year, the need for Cybersecurity counter measures to keep information safe is needed more and more. Every day, there are new reports about the need for additional cyber security professionals in the news. The role of computers and portable media devices in criminal investigation activity has increased dramatically in recent years.

This program allows you to be part of cutting-edge technology in some of the fastest growing and emerging careers. Area of study for this program will include; basic computer safety, social engineering, essential security awareness, implementing countermeasures to keep data safe as well as the study of methods of deception.

Students will work both individually and as part of a team to understand data breaches and develop solutions to deter criminals from gaining access in the future. You will then use the skills you learn in class to problem solve weaknesses in a variety of electronic devices.

Career opportunities in this field are unlimited and the employment outlook remains strong.

View the Articulated Credit Sheet for Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics.

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course Title

Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
National Career Cluster: Information Technology
Michigan Career Pathway: Management, Marketing & Technology


Mark Dodak
Central Michigan University, M.A., B.A.

Instructional Assistant                          

Lori Langone
Michigan State University, M.A.
Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Types of Credit

Fourth year math credit

Second year World Language credit
Elective Credit:  Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Course Outline

Year One

  1. Cybersecurity Essentials
  2. Internet Technology (IT) Essentials
  3. Internet of Things
  4. Linux Unhatched
  5. TestOut PC Pro

Year Two

  1.  Networking Essentials
  2. TestOut IT Fundamentals
  3. TestOut Ethical Hacker Pro
  4. TestOut Network Pro

Year One Course Description

Cybersecurity Essentials

The Cisco ITE course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level ICT professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an ICT professional.

Information Technology (IT) Essentials

Help meet growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals. It covers the fundamentals of PC technology, networking, and security, and also introduces advanced concepts.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Those who invest in learning IoT (Internet of Things) skills can help transform any business in any industry, from manufacturing to saving endangered species. The combination of increased global Internet access and a growing number of devices designed to connect is creating endless opportunities.

Linux Essentials

Learn the fundamentals of the Linux operating system, command-line and basic open source. Students will also learn to use the command line through many different Raspberry Pi projects and resources.

TestOut Coursework

Students in the first year course will also use the TestOut Simulation Software for developing Information Technology Skills and achievements. 

Year Two Course Description

Network Essentials

This course introduces a variety of topics to build students’ skills and understanding of networking. The course also introduces networking devices and the Cisco IOS® software. Students will learn how networks are set up, how devices are configured, how communication takes place on a network and the basics of implementing network security best practices which will enhance the students’ confidence in communicating their knowledge and work in networking-related professions. This course includes activities that expand on the course material presented.

TestOut Coursework

Education empowers students to achieve their dreams. A successful education starts with the right tools—tools that allow students to learn practical knowledge, master real-world skills, and prove technical competency. TestOut training products are the only solution that provide all three elements of successful learning. They give our students here at the Wilson Talent Center Practical Knowledge Skills, Real-World Skills, and Proven Competency.  Please take a look at the TestOut website to see the many different courses that are available to our students. 

Additional Learning Opportunities

Raspberry Pi projects for both first and second year students.  Additional speakers and field trips throughout the year to a variety of local companies.

Grading Policy

Item Percentage
Formative & Learning Target 15%
Packet Tracer & Labs      15%
Project      15%
Work Habits (includes attendance) 35%
Tests/Quiz 20%
Total 100%


Grading Scale

Grade Percentage
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 63-66%
D- 60-62%
E 59% or below


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