Computer Forensics Careers

Computer forensics investigators specialize in the recovery, investigation, analysis, and reporting of data obtained from digital sources. Typically the information they find is used in investigations. Computer forensics professionals can attempt to determine the source of an unauthorized computer system or network intrusion, recover data from erased or encrypted files, and recover deleted e–mails and passwords.

While most commonly associated with police work, computer forensics careers are also available in the private sector. Computer data is increasingly important for corporations and government institutions. The risks are great as computers and networks containing highly sensitive and confidential information are susceptible to intrusion.

More Than Just Police Work

The theft of data can cause millions of dollars in losses and can be very damaging to an organization's reputation. Although companies cumulatively spend billions of dollars a year for computer security, the success rate for attacks has not diminished.

A Wide Variety of Skills

Computer forensics professional must have strong technical skills, legal knowledge, understand investigation procedure, work under tight deadlines, be detail oriented, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must also have an inquisitive mind, problem solving abilities, be creative, and be persistent in the pursuit of their objective.

Computer forensics professionals can have different job titles such as computer forensics "investigator", "examiner", "analyst", "Forensic Scientist" or other similar titles. The job title is dependent on their job responsibilities and area of expertise.

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