When someone mentions forensics, you probably think of CSI episodes in which crime scene investigators collect DNA evidence and blood samples. However, forensics is a much broader field that encompasses any type of evidence or information gathering used in the criminal justice system. In recent years, electronic records such as email, chat rooms, and financial statements have been pulled into the court room. Digital forensics is the field that deals with these types of issues.
Digital forensics in the new millennium
These days, criminals have to do more than wipe away their footprints. We leave an impressive trail behind us everywhere we go; even in cyber space. Every site you visit, every email you send, every purchase you make leaves a footprint. As a digital forensics specialist, your job is to pursue these leads and gather whatever evidence is necessary. Like regular forensics, this new field is a slow and patient process that requires great attention to detail.
Training and qualifications
Like all forensic disciplines, you will need to become certified if you want to work in this career. Computer knowledge is essential, but fortunately, more and more schools are offering programs in digital forensics. Not only will you study basic programming and hacking, but you will also study accounting. Financial statements are often the most useful records when pursuing a suspect.
Records, records and records
It takes a long time to comb through a person's digital history. Just imagine what it will be like in the next several years as online activity continues to grow. Consequently, there will be tremendous demand for your expertise if you possess the requisite skills.
Publish date: February 10, 2011