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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:50 am    Post subject: Schooling Reply with quote

I'm an IT professional looking to expand my portfolio of services. My goal is to help stop cyber attacks for small network companies as well assist law firms with legal issues.

Would there be any school that is better when it comes to the legal aspects of computer forensics? I know Penn Foster has a certificate program for 539.00 but Champlain College has an entire degree program for 8,000.00 per semester? I'm looking to help individuals, lawyers and small firms. Would Penn Foster be good enough or would I want to go with someone like Champlain?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the legal aspect is your concern, I do not see how the one course in ethics from Penn Foster could compare to the ~five courses at Champlain.

Of course providing legal advice if you are not a lawyer will get you in trouble.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know I'm not sure it's an ethics thing. I'm just wondering if my credentials as an expert in court would be questioned more if I was trained at one school over another.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you need to understand the different types of witness testimony you can provide.

An expert witness, professional witness or judicial expert is a witness, who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have expertise and specialised knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially and legally rely upon the witness's specialized (scientific, technical or other) opinion about an evidence or fact issue within the scope of his expertise, referred to as the expert opinion, as an assistance to the fact-finder.[1]

A fact witness is a person with knowledge about what happened in a particular case, who testifies in the case about what happened or what the facts are. Fact witness testimony consists of the recitation of facts and/or events as opposed to an expert witness, whose testimony consists of the presentation of an opinion, a diagnosis, etc.

Anyone may testify as to facts; only an expert may present opinions.

So if you testify that a particular file is present in a file system on a disk, that is a fact. If you testify as to your opinion as to how that file got on the disk you are providing expert testimony.

In many cases you will find attorneys only want you to testify as a fact witness. This will be especially true early in your career before you establish you bona fides.




[1]Federal Rule of Evidence 702 (As amended April 17, 2000, effective December 1, 2000)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the clarification. I was not aware of the difference.
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