How to Become a Digital Forensics Professional | by Rahul Som

How to Become a Digital Forensics Professional

Do you have the talent to make a career in digital forensics? Want to know about the various skills needed for entering the tough domain of cybersecurity? Well, just read on to get answers to your queries and doubts in digital forensics.


What Is Digital Forensics – Why The Hullabaloo?

As a branch of forensic science, digital forensics is becoming a popular domain. Not only does it provide a rewarding career, but it also leads to career advancement opportunities in many industries. Do you know the science of digital forensics can assist in tracking and retrieving stolen data, gaining details of hacks, investigating the causes of incidents and providing the required digital evidence?

If you ever met a digital forensic professional, it must have been exciting for you. Well, just think about it, you met a person that has technical knowledge in cyber crimes and works for criminal justice. No doubt, digital forensics is the best amalgamation of such specifications. Individuals pursuing a career in digital forensics will have certain skills that keep them updated in the ever-evolving digital and forensic industry.


Is The Job Profile Of a Digital Forensics Expert Interesting?

A good awareness of IT knowledge is required for investigating and retrieving cybercrime evidence. Also, they should be able to access data stored on systems and devices, leading to reconstruction and dismantling details as well as a security system. The best quality of a digital forensic professional is that they can carefully retrace the evidence of the cybercrime to the place it happened and be able to find out which security weakness leads to it.

Also, digital forensic professionals will perform activities related to organizing cybercrime evidence into a detailed and clear report. This can be easily accessible to law enforcement, executives, judges, and lawyers. They would even have to explain the reports, provide questions, and be the expert witness in court.

Another major activity forensics experts do is improve the organization’s security by providing advice to improve system security and training employees on various cybersecurity issues. Many companies hire digital forensic experts for security as breaches in data will lead to financial theft, thus damaging the company’s reputation and finances.


Skills Required For Being Digital Forensic Expert

    1. Technical Aptitude

No doubt, the job of a digital forensic expert is primarily technology-focused. It involves the proper knowledge of the digital devices’ working, networking, technical concepts, and good experience in computer systems.

This job even includes working on many technical platforms ranging from computer systems to mobile phones. Keep in mind that sound technical knowledge will help you to find out and respond to various kinds of security hacks and breaches. Some of the major technical skills digital forensics experts must have are –

Networking- Having a good knowledge of the computer network is quite important for digital forensic experts. Not only that, they even need to know about the working methods of servers and LANs. Since the job profile is similar to that of an investigator, they should be aware of the connectivity knowledge and concepts of networking since the investigation is not just limited to individual systems but each and every system connected to the LAN that must be examined.

Digital Comprehension- For being a cyber forensic expert, you should be able to work on many digital devices. You might have to interact with many endpoints like printers, cellphones, USB devices, IoT devices, external hard disks, tablets, digital cameras, projectors, etc., to investigate all kinds of cyberattacks and gather details.  

Knowledge Of Operating Systems- As the investigation is related to cybercrime, you are bound to come across details related to the operating system of the computer. Linux, Windows, and Unix are some of the basic operating systems you need to be comfortable working on. Keep in mind that most of the databases and servers will be based on the Linux operating system. So, being a forensic investigator, you should be able to access them. 

    1. Full Detail About Cybersecurity

As you know, digital forensics is all about cybercrime. For solving any case, you should have good knowledge about the latest threats, breaches, as well as vulnerabilities. While you are training to be a forensic expert, you need to make sure that you have strong, in-depth knowledge of information security and cybersecurity. Without learning cybersecurity concepts, it will be tough for you to guard systems and investigate the crime.

    1. Good Communication Skills

In digital forensics, communication skills play a major role as you have to produce the technical details in a concise way to those present at various levels of technical comprehension. As digital forensic professionals work in a team, they need good communication skills to deliver the process of action related to the forensic case and that, too, in an accurate manner to team members. Sometimes you would have to explain your findings to others, and there might be chances of it being present in the courtroom as a part of the proceedings of the case. 

    1. Analytical Talents

An advanced level of analytical skills is required for being in a career of digital forensics as it involves various processes, like observing cybercrime patterns, analyzing evidence, and interpreting cyber data for solving the case. Having good analytical thinking along with precise observation ability is necessary for uncovering, sorting, and even examining the digital evidence. Such high-level analytical thinking is easily gained and tested in high cyber and military intelligence levels. 

    1. Willingness To Learn

Cybersecurity is constantly evolving and so is digital forensics. Any individual opting for this profession should continuously upgrade to the latest trends in technology for making sure that there is a better job prospect. Continuous self-education and learning, both off and on the clock, are necessary qualities for the digital forensic industry. 


Final Thoughts

As clearly stated above, digital forensics often deals with cybercrime and having good knowledge of criminal laws and investigations. Of course, in this profession, one won’t need a law qualification, but procedures involved in crime investigation can be received through other channels, like group discussion and online reading.



Author Bio :- Rahul Som is a CEO and co-founder of Hopinfirst, one of the top Mobile App development companies that provide best iOS app development and Android app development services. Rahul is passionate about startups, technology and management and blogs frequently on the top.

March 11, 2020
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