The U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center and the Air
Force Office of Special Investigations this summer named Ferris State
University a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence, making
Ferris the first university in the United States to receive the designation.
Ferris’ Information Security and Intelligence program courseware was
certified as a “Center of Excellence” two years ago by the National
Information Assurance Education and Training Program of the
National Security Agency. Greg Gogolin, an ISI professor in Ferris’
College of Business and the 2010-11 recipient of the university’s
Distinguished Teacher Award, is excited about what this newest and
historic certification will mean for the program.
“Ferris has become the first university in the country to be designated
a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Department
of Defense Cyber Crime Center and the Air Force Office of Special
Investigations,” Gogolin said. “This, in addition to the NSA Center
of Excellence previously obtained and National Science Foundation
research funding, places the undergraduate and graduate Information
Security and Intelligence programs as one of the foremost leaders in the
United States in cyber security.”
This certification is part of the DC3’s stated mission to “encourage
the study of cyber and digital forensics science at all education levels
in the United States.” This educational partnership agreement, and
others like it, is part of the DC3’s efforts to accomplish the mission.
This agreement is designed to “assist in the effort of bringing scientific,
mathematical and technological experience to educational institutions,”
the pact further states.
These collaborations establish standards and best practices for
digital forensics students, practitioners, educators and researchers to
advance the discipline of digital forensics, and to increase the number
of qualified professionals to meet the needs of law enforcement,
counterintelligence, national security and legal communities, the
agreement states. Faculty and students could further benefit from
potential involvement in defense laboratory research projects and
learning firsthand from DC3 personnel.
The 60-month agreement was signed this summer by Gogolin and
Joshua Black, acting director of the Defense Cyber Investigations
Training Academy. Gogolin will serve as Ferris’ program manager.
In this capacity, Gogolin will work with Black, DC3 program manager,
to identify, select and prioritize activities, and ensure that the program
meets the statutory and regulatory requirements of Ferris.
Undergraduate students who major in ISI at Ferris take classes in
Digital Forensics, Competitive Theory, Risk Analysis, Fraud and
Data Mining, as well as general COB classes such as Accounting and
Project Management. ISI majors specialize in one of three areas: Digital
Forensics, Mobile Application Development and Penetration Testing,
or Network Security. Graduate students in the ISI program take courses
in Secure Communication Strategies, Intelligence Vulnerabilities,
Database and Secure Information systems, and choose a specialization
in Business Intelligence, Incident Response or Project Management.
Classes for Ferris’ undergraduate ISI program are offered at locations
in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City and the Saginaw
area through partnerships with institutions including Grand Rapids
Community College, Lansing Community College, Northwestern
Michigan College and Delta Community College. The graduate ISI
program is based in Big Rapids. Both ISI programs offer opportunities
for students to take advantage of international partnerships in multiple
locations throughout the world.
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Ferris Designated a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence
KCAD professor and Furniture Design program chair Gayle
DeBruyn said the school is bringing “faculty talent to the
conversation as we shape curriculum content and delivery.”
“I find the concept of this school a delight,” DeBruyn said. “More
students need to be introduced to design disciplines. Designers will
solve the ‘wicked problems.’ Students who are considering career
options need to more fully understand how design impacts place,
space, product, service — in fact, everything is designed.”
Other faculty involved in planning and training include associate
professor and Art Education program chair Cindy Todd and Art
Education adjunct faculty member Kristen Morrison, of KCAD; and
Rachel Foulk, an assistant professor of Art History at Ferris.
“The IMMER5E program will offer a unique learning experience
for Grand Rapids Public School students and teachers as they use the
Grand Rapids Public Museum as an interactive classroom,” Foulk
said. “The diverse objects in the museum each have stories to tell, and
teachers and students will uncover those stories in creative ways.”
For more information on the IMMER5E program, visit
. For more information on Ferris’ Kendall College of
Art and Design, visit
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