The field of computer forensics investigations is growing at a very fast pace. Its ever-expanding and dynamic features are very attractive for young aspirants. Individuals who are specially inspired by law enforcement agencies and want to serve this vast field choose computer forensic as their career option.
Professionals who are associated with this field are termed as computer forensics investigators. These professionals get the opportunity of working alongside law enforcement professionals. Computer forensic job can be earned through various certification and degree programs. For entering into the professional field of computer forensic and digital forensic, you should hold a bachelor degree with concerned specialization.
Specific job responsibilities
Computer forensics jobs require associated professionals to collect and evaluate data which are stored or encrypted in equipments and gadgets like computer and mobile phones and other digital media. Most often, computer forensic investigators are asked for recovering data which have been erased or deleted from the device. Usually, the fact that most of the deleted data can be recovered from a hard disk drive long after it has been deleted is not known to many criminals. Computer forensics investigators are specifically trained to do the trick in order to track the offenders.
Generally, services of computer forensics investigations professionals are availed when the law enforcement professionals require to retrieve information and data from a computer and use these data and information as evidence against criminals during trail in a court of justice. Forensic investigators may also require to probe into local network connection for gathering evidence and information regarding probable transmissions of data or uploads of illegal files.
Popular job avenues
Computer forensic investigation professionals can be employed at various locations. Generally, their skills and services are availed by law enforcement agencies. These professionals can also grab job opportunities at prosecutor’s office, consulting firms and large corporations.
The trend of offering independent services as freelancers is also widely practiced by digital forensic professionals. Freelance computer forensic investigators are generally hired by small organizations that have no enough budgets to engage full-time professionals. Freelance professionals are paid on per hour basis.
Certifications are mandatory for individuals who want to enter the professional field of computer forensic investigation. There are two major certifications which are sought by most of the working professionals. These certifications are known as Certified Computer Examiner [CCE] and Certified Information Systems Security Professional [CISSP].