A good way to elevate your credibility as a computer forensics investigator is to obtain a certification.
There are mainly 2 different types of certification:
1.The first is those provided by tool vendors; for example AccessData
2.The other is provided by professional associations; for example Ec-Council
Another way of categorizing computer forensics certification is based on accessibility: whether it is open to the public or not.
Let’s take a look at each certification in detail:
Requirements: It requires 64 hours of authorized computer forensics training or 12 months of computer forensics experience.
The certification provided by the guidance software is called En-Case Certified Examiner (ENCE).
Requirements: Familiarity with tools such as: Forensics ToolKit, FTK Imager, Registery Viewer, etc.
This vendor provided certifications are often tied to the products the vendors are selling.
The certification provided by AccessData is called AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).
Requirements: It is vendor-neutral and open to the public
The name of the certification is Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).
Requirements: Only available for law enforcement officers and government employees.
The name of this certification is Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE).
If you decide to become a career computer forensics investigator it is a good idea to one of the computer forensics certifications.
previously, we discussed the goal and purpose of Computer Forensics.
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