Law - Political Science - Administration


  • Duration

    1 year

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Law and Political Science


The rise of the Internet has undoubtedly accelerated and facilitated access and exchange of information. This meteoric success in communication has encouraged the emergence of new criminal threats. These threats pose considerable risks to businesses, public administrations and individuals. The fight against cybercrime has become a major global challenge because of the international dimension of this new and often organised crime.

Cybercrime is evolving every day, bringing out new forms of risk and techniques for circumventing the law, which the law must take into account and adapt to.

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The advantages of the course


  • Student: 500 euros
  • Professional: 1900 euros (possibility of paying in several instalments)



  • Selection on file
  • Limited capacity - 20 people maximum
  • Application deadline: 20 November 2020


Location(s) of the course: Montpellier. 50% of the course can be followed at a distance


Administrative contact(s)

Administrative contact(s) :  Caroline Fleuriot - E-mail (caroline.fleuriot @

Telephone: 04 34 43 29 53 (due to health circumstances, telephone contact is not always operational)

Request for information:

Diploma Secretariat - Email (du-cybercrime @


To find out more about the DU Cybercrime & Law, visit its website and find this training on Facebook , Twitter and Youtube

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Set up within the framework of the European project 2CENTRE, the University diploma "Cybercrime: Law, Information Security and Digital Forensic Investigation" is a multidisciplinary training course that enables students to understand the issues of information security and cybercrime and to grasp the various offences and responsibilities linked to the fraudulent use of digital networks and information systems.

It provides economic actors, students, legal professionals, law enforcement officers, forensic experts, information systems managers and all those confronted with cybercrime with an insight into :

  • The nature of the threats associated with digital networks,
  • Intrusion techniques in information systems,
  • The legal mechanisms for combating cybercrime,
  • The challenges of security and the legal and regulatory obligations of securing an information system,
  • Personal data protection (RGPD, etc.),
  • Digital investigation techniques and evidentiary procedures,
  • The economic impact of cybercrime (money laundering, cyber financial fraud, etc.),
  • The legal issues and responses that are emerging at national, European and global levels.

This diploma is supported by the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (diploma included in the ENM training catalogue for the training of magistrates), the Gendarmerie Nationale (training of officers of the Gendarmerie Nationale) and several national and international organisations. It is the only degree (Cyber domain) of the University supported by these two institutions.

Adel JOMNI, Training Manager
Lecturer (University of Montpellier)
Expert to the Council of Europe
Member of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group

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Control of knowledge

A final (written) examination takes place during the first week of July. It concerns the lectures offered during the academic year. Repeating the course is not allowed.

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Special facilities

50% of the course can be followed at a distance

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Organisation of the courses


  • Hourly volume: 110 hours
  • Start date: 13 January 2021
  • Course schedule: 2.5 days per month
  • Location: Faculty of Law and Political Science - University of Montpellier (UM). 50% of the course can be followed at a distance.
  • End of course: 25 June 2021 


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EU1: Introduction to Networks and the Internet 

  • Organisation and physical structure of networks
  • Technical characteristics of the Internet network (TCP/IP, DNS, WiFi, etc.)
  • RFID and wireless sensor networks
  • Characteristics of Web2.0 applications (social networks, blogs, Twitter...)
  • Peer to peer (P2P) networks
  • Characteristics and modes of use of search and monitoring tools on the Internet (engines, meta-engines, etc.)
  • Information society service providers: roles and categories of services offered and legal qualification.

EU2: Introduction to Law and Legal Security (Legal Update)

  • The different branches of law
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Introduction to criminal procedure
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • The various forms of legal liability

EU3: Introduction to technical aspects of information systems security and cybercrime 

  • Malware: principles and techniques
  • Network intrusion techniques and means of protection.
  • Information system: definition, role and security standards
  • Cybercrime: threats (hacking, identity theft, e-reputation, social engineering, fraud, APT, Botnets...)
  • Introduction to electronic signature and cryptology

 EU4: Legal and Economic Aspects of Information Systems Security

  • Legal context of information systems security
  • Legal and regulatory security obligations
  • The challenges of security
  • Legal aspects of the security approach (encryption, charters, preservation of evidence, reporting of incidents, etc.)
  • Principles and technical, legal and regulatory aspects of dematerialization of exchanges (electronic contracts, electronic evidence, electronic signature, etc.)
  • Information security and business intelligence

EU5: Cybercrime: legal systems, economic and social issues

  • Overview of cybercrime (statistics, evolution...)
  • Threats and legal qualification
  • Fight against cybercrime and fundamental rights and freedoms
  • Regulatory, prevention and enforcement bodies
  • Cybercrime and national and international cooperation
  • Rights and obligations of information society actors
  • Economic impact of cybercrime (money laundering, cyber fraud...).
  • Social networks: impact on the company, risks and responsibilities
  • Specific risks of online payments and regulations.

EU6: Computer forensics, investigation and enquiry

  • Introduction to computer forensics
  • Panorama of forensic science
  • Tasks and progress of the judicial expertise
  • Interception of data on the Internet

EU7: Processing and protection of personal data on the Internet

  • Legal framework and issues (RGPD, Data Protection Act, etc.)
  • Status and tasks of the Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Definition and implementation of a compliance action plan
  • Dealing with a CNIL inspection
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Conditions of access

Initial training:
Students who have completed a Licence 3 (or equivalent).

Continuing education:
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent); or at least two years of higher education with at least two years of professional experience.



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Target audience

Initial training :

  Students who have completed a Licence 3 (or equivalent)


Continuing education :

This course is aimed at professionals who wish to develop skills in the field of combating cybercrime and information systems security. Professionals can thus enhance the professional experience they have acquired by obtaining a university degree.

Examples of professionals concerned by this training:

Employees in industry or local authorities who are responsible for the security of information systems

Investigation personnel (forensic experts, Gendarmerie and Police officers, private investigators) or their supervision in computer crime cases

Legal professionals (magistrates, lawyers, heads of legal departments) dealing with cybercrime cases

Those responsible for regulating social networks and reporting platforms

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Recommended prerequisites

A taste for new technologies. Basic knowledge of computers and the Internet is desirable.

There is a technical refresher programme for lawyers and a legal refresher programme for students and non-lawyers. The refresher course takes place during the first month of the course.

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