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Forensic Computing

Average Annual Salary for Forensic Computing:

Salary ranges from approximately $50,000 +

Necessary Education for Forensic Computing Career:

Computer Forensics Certification Training Program or an Associates degree in Police Science

What is Forensic Computing in a nutshell?

  • Investigation of computer involved crimes
  • Data recovery from computers for court presentation
  • Teaching / training in computer crime prevention

Forensic Computing Skills & Responsibilities:

Computer security is a fast developing area within Forensic Services. The work involves close contact with lawyers, commercial organizations and investigation agencies. Issues may involve fraud, child pornography, terrorism and ID theft. Organizations involved include: Police Forces, Government Agencies (Customs and Excise, DTI, Serious Fraud Office), Specialist Forensic Computing firms, IT Security and corporate investigation companies, large chartered accountancy firms. The National Hi Tech Unit (Police) will be changing shortly to SOCA (Serious Organized Crime Agency). Staff will no longer be policemen and they will employ people with IT degrees.

  • Recording findings and collecting trace evidence from scenes of crime or accident.
  • Applying various techniques as appropriate
  • Presenting written and verbal evidence in court which may be cross-examined.
  • Confidence is also required as reporting officers have to present evidence in court and be cross-examined by barristers. This makes up a quarter of the work.
  • Crimes may happen at any time, so evening and weekend call outs happen regularly
  • Focuses on handling digital evidence
  • Was developed in consultation with regional electronic crime law enforcement specialists
  • Equips graduates to combat computer crime
  • Opens up career opportunities beyond computer forensics

Future Outlook for Forensic Computing:

Lack of trained computer investigators to handle the work load as millions of more computers and users deploy worldwide with the computer crimes that go with new technology will create a large demand for Forensic Computing Specialist.


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