Digital Forensics and Investigation

AAS - Associate of Applied Science


The Data Recovery/Forensics Specialist program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in data recovery services at businesses, government, and law enforcement agencies. The experienced teachers at Highline teach students to perform computer forensics analyses, examine how malicious code behaves on networks, and implement an organization’s information security plan. Students learn to use hardware and software tools to recover lost or corrupted data from hard drives and other storage media. They use forensics techniques to determine the reason for data loss. They may also monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crimes.

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Contact Dr. Amelia Phillips

Data Recovery/Forensics

Office: Building 29 Room 341
Office Hours
Phone: (206) 592-3497

Highline is a CAE2Y under the NSA and DHS. Students completing these degrees will have this on their transcript and resume. It aids in getting jobs and internships.

Eric Heyliger

eric_heyliger"I am a Security Analyst for an Arlington, Virginia based firm. I travel the country doing network security testing at VA hospitals. I work with professionals with 10 to 15 years of experience, and my HCC degree got me here. If I can do it, anyone can! I gained my skill set and confidence from the Highline Computer Science/CIS faculty. If you like computers and want a career, put your heart into it and get started!" ~Eric Heyliger, Network Specialist/Security Analyst

David Matthews

david_matthews"This is a well-designed and extensive curriculum with a lot of hands-on practice on real life computer forensics tools. The instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. The City is setting up a new forensics lab and this program has given me the knowledge, skills and tools I need." ~David Matthews, Information Security Officer