Law Enforcement Computer Forensics

Computer forensics experts investigate crimes such as intellectual property theft, identity theft, credit card fraud, threats/harassment, pedophilia, and unauthorized computer system intrusion, also called hacking. These computer crimes or "cyber crimes" constitute a significant risk to individuals, companies, and governments. Tens of millions of dollars in money and information are stolen each year as a result of cyber crimes.

Computer forensics professionals that work in law enforcement may work for local police departments, state police departments, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They go to the scene of incidents, gather evidence, analyze the evidence, and write reports. They may also provide testimony for criminal cases in court.

A Varied Skill Set

Computer forensics professional must have substantial technical knowledge, good communication skills, and be persistent in working to solve cases. It can take a lot of hard work, patience, and determination to uncover the evidence necessary to prove a case. But the result can be very rewarding to the victims of crime.

Computer forensics experts may also be involved in crimes that were not directly committed via a computer. There may be information stored on a computer or storage devices that is important for the case. For example, e–mail evidence can be used in cases against robbery and homicide suspects.

Computer forensics professional may also be called "cyber investigators", "cyber cops", or "digital detectives". In addition to law enforcement work, there are also many private sector computer forensics jobs.