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Computer Forensics as a Career
Computer forensics also known as Cyber Forensics or Digital Forensics is pertaining to legal evidence found in computers & digital storage media. Computer forensics is the analysis done to collect evidence during crime investigations to detect illegal or unauthorized activities or frauds which are done using computers and internet.
Demand For Computer Forensics
Although computer forensics is relatively a new field, Computer forensics experts have been in high demand for jobs since this field first appeared few years back(around 1985), but that demand is growing even larger as both government security agencies and private firms are recruiting cyber investigators in a huge amount.
We know that cyber crimes like Identity Theft, Email Hacking, Child Pornography, Cyber-stalking, Copyright infringement, Spamming, Cyber terrorism etc. are on a rise. Due to this dark side of internet, various companies are hiring computer forensics experts to root out the cyber criminals.
The scope of computer analysic can vary from simple information retrieval to reconstructing a series of events. Although it is mostly associated with the investigation of a wide variety of computer crime, computer forensics may also be used in civil proceedings.
Generally speaking, there are huge differences between the salaries of public sector forensic examiners(Government employed) and private sector forensic examiners. The average annual salary of someone working in this field ranges from $40,000 to $100,000. Also note that salary pay scales may differ in different countries.
To start a computer forensics career, you will likely need a computer forensics degree or a related degree (e.g., computer science, criminal justice or engineering). Post-degree certification may help you to get recruited quickly. Technical and analytical skills are must for all computer forensics careers. Knowledge and technical skills in vast range of computer storage devices, operating systems, programming languages and software applications gives more opportunities.
If you have obtained degree qualification or certified training which is recognized internationally, you have the privileges to work in any country as you like. It is easy for you to get job offers wherever you go.
You may need knowledge in following things to become a successful computer cyber investigator:
- Computer networking & routing
- Communication protocols and security
- Reverse engineering
- Computer forensics tools such as:
- Password crackers
- Forensic Toolkit (FTK) software applications
- PTK Forensics
- The Sleuth kit
- The Coroners Toolkit
- Selective file dumper
Computer forensics is a very challenging and exciting career which provides great self satisfaction. So get ready to become a computer forensics analyst and make your future brighter.