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Forensic Computing Technologist

Career Highlights

  • Work involves contact with lawyers and investigation agencies
  • Helps prosecute cybercriminals
  • Detect, recover and record data and trace evidence

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Career Summary

Although relatively new, computer forensics is a growing career because computer crimes have increased swiftly. From denial of service attacks to computer viruses and hacking, forensic computing technologists do the hard research in order to track those wanting to cause people and companies to potentially lose millions.

Computer forensics jobs are often through law enforcement agencies, military and government intelligence agencies, and private security and consulting companies. Because it is still a new industry, forensic computing technologist job titles vary, with names like Computer Forensics Analyst and Vulnerability Security Research Engineer. Regardless of title, technical and analytical skills are a must for all forensic computing technologists. Forensic computing technologists must have excellent knowledge and skills in a broad range of computer storage devices, operating systems, programming languages and software applications.

Forensic computing technologists research and detect computer crimes, help recover lost data, record their findings and collect trace evidence from Internet websites and computers at different locations, including crime scenes. In addition, they assist law agencies in the prosecution of cybersecurity violators and cybercriminals. Many times, forensic computing technologists will have to decode computer programs hiding information.

Computer security work involves close contact with lawyers and investigation agencies. Issues may involve a wide variety of crimes such as 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.

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Requires a degree in:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Police Science
  • Information Technology

Career Skills

  • Hardware & software skills
  • Written and verbal skills to present evidence for court
  • Digital equipment knowledge
  • Ability to describe complex technical concepts and ideas to in non-technical terms
  • Strong ethical standard and background

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