What is Computer Forensics?
It was bound to happen. We should have predicted that as we cruise the information superhighway, that some people will cruise it with sinister motives. These sinister motives have led to the emergence of computer forensics and computer forensics investigators.
Computer forensics is where criminal justice meets cyberspace. It is the application of computer investigation and analysis to discover legal evidence. In the course of discovering legal evidence, the computer forensics investigator must do the following:
1. Make sure no evidence is damaged, destroyed, or compromised by the processes or procedures used in the investigation
2. Make sure a continuous chain of custody of the evidence is established and maintained
3. Make sure the computer being investigated is not invaded by virus during analysis
4. Make sure individuals' personal information are secure
5. Make sure client-attorney confidentiality is maintained
If the some of the above are not followed, information collected may be thrown out of court. Needless to say, this can lead to a criminal being set free.
How to Become a Computer Forensics Investigator:
This is a new field in criminal justice or law enforcement. Colleges have responded to the need to train people for this field. Some schools are now offering degrees in computer forensics.
You will need to get a college degree in computer forensics from one these colleges. The minimum requirement we are seeing is a bachelors degree in computer forensics. As luck would have it, there are also online criminal justice schools that offer this major.
One of them is AIU Online. You can request their free information by clicking this link. Another one is Kaplan University. Kaplan University calls their computer forensic major computer crime. You can also request their free information by clicking this link.
Computer Forensic Investigator Salary:
This is a hot new field. As with most hot information technology (IT) professions, the pay is very good. It is not uncommon to make as much as $55,000 per year right out of college. Those with experience can make as much as $100,000 per year. If you get into freelance computer forensic investigator work, the sky is the limit to how much you can make. You will be selling your expertise to corporations and government agencies.
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