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Computer Forensics

By caleb.mutsumba ·
I am a Forensic Accountant. To many people, this is a mouth full! The Oxford Dictionary define forensic as "of, or to do with the law courts". Websters Online Dictionary: "Used of legal argumentation". Now that's hardly a mouthfull!

No prizes for deducing what Computer Forensics is all about. It's a fast evolving, fast paced and exciting area of my profession. It's all about "high tech with high touch"! That's the silver lining. The dark cloud is that many of the potential computer forensics recruits are scared of the "legal argumentation" part. It's only a few who take the plunge and subsequently realise that the laws and the lawyers are part of the funnies in Computer Forensics.

My question is: How can we encourage and get more recruits in this field? What line of argument can I take when I talk to new computer/computing studies graduates?

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I have found that

by j.lupo In reply to Computer Forensics

during career counseling, if you tell real life stories of how something was used, you can get their attention. You need to have a reason that would be interesting to your audience to capture their attention.

I once was asked to guest speak at my alma mater. I spoke about getting in to the computer field (this was when you need the experience but to get the experience you have to have the job era). The room started with a very small group, by the time I was done my second "story", the room was getting crowded.

Besides having stories to tell, having documentation, samples, presentation type materials of how it is being used, even a short video is very useful. I can see you relating it to the television shows CSI and NCIS and the reality versus TV of the job.

Good Luck - hope this helps

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by mjd420nova In reply to Computer Forensics

I've participated in a number of "recovery" of damaged or encrypted hard drives for law enforcement authorities. Most are just clean room technical work removing platters from drives and placement in operable units to recover data. Recruitment for those areas would be from technical schools.

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Part of the Problem

by Too Old For IT In reply to Computer Forensics

Part of the problem is that kids who grew up "plugged in" see computer forensics at best as (a) a solution in search of a problem and at worst (b) the most evil intrusion into a person's private life.

Rather than visions of solving great crime, they see it as snooping around some pseudo-hottie's laptop while mommie tap-tap-taps behind them ... all the while looking for an alleged e-mail from a boy who might or might not be 18 yrs 1 month old.

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by gralfus In reply to Computer Forensics

I have been studying computer forensics for about a year and a half, and participate on a couple of computer forensics forums. What I am hearing is that, despite the great need in law enforcement for qualified examiners, you are expected to start as a street-beat cop and work your way up the food chain to detective, which takes years - I am not willing to sit around that long and divert from my career path.

For the private sector, you may or may not need a PI license depending on the state you work in. You should seek at least one of the recognized certifications, like the CCE (Certified Computer Examiner). These certs are more strictly controlled than the MCSE and similar. Hands on practicals determine whether or not you get the cert, not just memorizing answers.

One of the most valuable things you could do for potential recruits is to give them a roadmap of getting from school to getting a real job in the field. I've been through classes and self-study, and it still seems like a very difficult field in which to land a job. I've tried to get my county to create a position. They did, and gave it to a non-trained Sheriff's deputy...

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