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This blog post relates just to forensics, but if you prefer to see a full list of all certs please hit this link.
Before we take a look at the digital/ computer forensics certifications and courses, let’s just, as always, start by defining exactly what we mean by ‘Digital Forensics’.
What is Digital Forensics?
Digital forensics (often called computer or digital forensic science) is the retrieval and investigation of data that has been written on hardware, typically hard drives. Digital forensics is mostly associated with cyber crime and law enforcement. If criminals (of all descriptions) have used computers to participate in a crime (be it cyber or otherwise) then the equipment and equipment contained within will be subject to investigation through the art and science of digital forensics.
As a subject matter, this niche area of IT Security (arguably it is its’ completely own and unique discipline) has been around since the 1970’s.
With relation to Cyber Crime and the act of committing an offense, think of a computer as a ‘witness to a crime’, and thus the importance of being able to extract information contained within, much the same way that an Investigator will try to elicit information from a human witness – is vital and can often ‘make or break’ a case.
Forensics also plays a significant role within the private space, i.e. when determining the extent of a data breach for example, or, to establish whether there has been an intrusion, and when.
Many types of forensics exist in the wild
Digital forensics is really the umbrella term. Within this space are network forensics, forensic data analysis and increasingly these days, mobile device and data forensics.
Appropriate and relevant certifications to help your career in this field:
These courses are in no particular order, rather, they are certifications that we have identified that will almost certainly help you understand the necessary skills to become an expert in this field. If you can think of any others to add we’d really appreciate it if you can drop a comment below.
|Digital Forensics||EC Council||Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)||More Info|
|Digital Forensics||ISC2||Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)||More Info|
|Digital Forensics||Mile2||Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE)||More Info|
|Digital Forensics||Mile2||Certified Network Forensics Examiner (CNFE)||More Info|
Out of all the IT Security niches, Digital Forensics is likely, in our opinion, one of the more in-demand skills to acquire. Our money is on mobile forensics as a smart career-choice move. (If you are interested in this then we’d recommend watching our Hacker Hotshot web show with Andrew Hoog last year. His team are actively involved in this space and his team created the de-facto Linux Mobile Pentesting Distro called Santoku.