How To Get A Job In Computer Forensics

Want to know how to get a job in computer forensics? This is the perfect time to start your career or get a job in computer forensics. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), cyber crime or high tech crime is on the rise. Currently, all agents trained at Quantico receive computer forensics training. Computer forensics professionals work for law enforcement, private investigators and large corporations who provide the service for others or who conduct their own investigations.

  1. Look at online recruiting sites for computer forensics jobs in your area. Make a note of the employers you want to work for and plan your education and certification paths around their requirements.
  2. Get certified. There are several computer forensics certifications available. The GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) certification is offered online at SANS.org. The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners host the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification.
  3. Go back to school. Several schools offer computer and digital forensics degrees and diplomas on campus and online.  Other degrees that may be helpful in securing that job in computer forensics are computer science, information assurance and security, information technology and criminal justice.
  4. Follow the law and keep your credit record clean. Most jobs in computer forensics require background, credit or other security checks. While a single speeding ticket may not keep you from your dream job, some misdemeanors and all felonies will. Employers think applicants who have poor credit histories may be at greater risk of blackmail or other financial improprieties.
  5. Volunteer or do an internship in computer forensics. Paid internships are hard to come by but don't let that keep you from getting valuable experience for a job in computer forensics. If you can't find a paid internship, volunteer to help out in a lab for a few hours per week. Most of the people you will be competing against for jobs in computer forensics will have experience in the technology or law enforcement fields.
  6. Apply for every job in which you have interest. Make sure your interview clothing is clean, pressed and fits you well. Practice your interview techniques with a friend or mentor. Don't forget to tell them about your certifications, degree and experience.
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