Computer Forensics, a niche within the field of Digital Forensics, is becoming increasingly common as technology continues to advance. Because criminals are finding more innovative ways to commit crimes digitally, these analysts collect devices from crime scenes and assist in recovering any data that could be pertinent to the case. Computer forensic analysts search for data like passwords, hidden content, and encrypted information to aid the forensic investigation.
Skills and Duties
- Analyze and handle electronic evidence
- Investigate and document any electronic evidence found
- Develop technical skills to safely retrieve and maintain integrity of the data
- Be able to operate and understand standard computer systems
- Provide documentation and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses
B.S. Degree in Computer Science
Common Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Logic & Computation, Algorithms, Computer Programming, Computer Architecture. Ability to choose forensic-specific courses.
M.S. Degree in Forensic Science
Common Courses: Cybersecurity, Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Foundations, Digital Forensics Technology, Digital Forensic Response and Analysis, Advanced Forensics.