Education in Digital Forensics

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 8:36am
John J. Barbara

Not too long ago there were few public sector agencies fully equipped and staffed to perform analysis on digital media. Many employed examiners whose prior experience consisted of being a sworn officer or investigator. Internal and external training programs were limited and not formalized. Likewise there were virtually no undergraduate or graduate programs to assist in preparing an individual for a career in digital forensics. However, over the past ten years or so, the landscape has dramatically changed with the expansion of digital forensics services in both the public and private sectors. External training programs and technical certifications are now commonplace as are undergraduate and graduate degree programs in digital forensics. The diversity and complexity of currently available forensic software and hardware tools far exceeds what was available just several years ago. A question often asked is, “What education and training is necessary to work in digital forensics?” There is not one easy, simple answer to this question. First of all, an individual has to make a choice of career pathways, namely do they wish to work in the public sector or in the private sector. 

From: Starting A Career in Digital Forensics by John J. Barbara


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