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How should I pursue a career in Computer Forensics?

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Question by Nate: How should I pursue a career in Computer Forensics?
I have an associates degree in Criminal Justice and I am an Information Technology major but I am unsure of what concentration will best well round me to become a computer forensic analyst. Should I pursue a concentration in Information Security, or a concentration in Networking, Administration, and Security? The links to my particular program are listed below. any input would be appreciated.

Thanks guys!

Information Secuity:

Networking, Administration, and Security:
Re (Slippery Bob): I appreciate your feedback being negative towards my chosen professional path but you did not do anything to explain why you feel that pursuing computer forensics is a bad idea. Cyber crime is on the rise and people with computer skills are being sought after for positions in law enforcement so I fail to see where you are coming from.
Re (Matt): that was an interesting story on Wikipedia but how is that related to my question? lol

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2 thoughts on “How should I pursue a career in Computer Forensics?

  1. matt says:

    find out if you really want this first!

  2. drdr says:

    Slippery Bob is claiming false credentials.

    Every agency needs computer literate agents, and many agencies have agents specifically trained in computer forensics (ICE, Secret Service, FBI, etc.). The FBI designates those with this training as being in a special hiring category ( Other federal agency job announcements should be available at; acceptance of applications is cyclical and a 4yr degree is required. State and local agencies also employ computer forensics personnel.

    Almost all major investigations could incorporate analysis of a suspect’s computer, and there are few designated agents due to the extensive training required. Fraud, financial crimes, child pornography, kidnapping, homicide, and drug trafficking are some of the crimes that may require analysis of the contents of a computer, depending on the jurisdiction of the agency.

    But, the computer forensic position is voluntary and subject to internal agency competition, you would not be immediately assigned to that position, and you would not be obligated to volunteer for that position. Although your qualifications may make you a desirable candidate, and since there are always more applicants than positions, that is a good thing.

    I was in NCIS when it was NIS (7 years), in the Technical Services Branch at HQ for two (long) years. I would not recommend it. That office was responsible for technical surveillance countermeasures (“intelligence community” trained personnel). That area, as well as positive intelligence collection, is in need of sophisticated computer expertise.

    Forensic computer specialists usually accompany search warrant teams to that the electronics are properly seized to avoid loss of data. However, analysis is conducted in the office, although it may be necessary to conduct a limited review of the computer content at the scene in order to substantiate seizure (specifically if related to a voluntary search). Designated computer forensic agents do not normally get assigned as case agents (especially those assigned to HQ), and they do not normally participate in warrant service other than as the computer forensic person responsible for collection of electronic data.

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