Computer Forensics Analyst: HERO, Specialized Diploma


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.*


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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  • 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.


Session One

CJST111American Legal System

3 credits


Total Credit Hours:7

Session Two

CJST115Criminal Law

3 credits


Total Credit Hours:7

Session Three

CJST135Law Enforcement & Invest. Tech.

3 credits


Total Credit Hours:7

Session Four

CJST145Criminal Justice Ethics

3 credits


Total Credit Hours:7

Total Credit Hours: 28

  • All sections of courses in this program will be restricted so that only students admitted to the program can register for them.
  • ENGL101, English I, and CJST101, 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 SOCA103 (Introduction to Sociology), SOCA150 (Deviance) and SOCA204 (Social Problems)
  2. Three completed computer certifications
    • CompTIA A+ (or ELEC130, 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.