Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:37 am Post subject: Path to Computer Forensincs
Good Evening members, I am graduating in Computer Information Systems, and I want to follow a computer forensics path, but i am lost on which way to go. What kind of Certifications would be helpful for someone who is just starting in forensics??
Looks like it has been over nine months with no responses. So just to heat things up I will respond. Grin.
To set the stage I have hired over 300 IT and Security folks in the last few years and have over 20 certifications. I should also mention that I very rarely do fresh out of college hires (my company does for developers though) because my clients expect seasoned hires for the prices we charge.
With all that said here is my 1.5 cents. Experience is king. If you want to get hired you need experience. The question you need to ask is how are you going to get that experience? Most of the folks I run into who actually make a living doing forensics either stared out in law enforcement or in IT and migrated to the forensic world. My personal opinion is that until you have a full body of knowledge to fall back on in either IT or law enforcement you are going to have a very rough hill to climb. So go get a job in either field and then work your way to forensics. As for certs get whatever you want right now to hang on your wall as none of the forensics certs will get you a job with out the experience.
Now for some positive advice.
If I were in your position I would look at the help wanted ads and go get whatever computer related certification is being asked for the most in whatever field has the most job openings. You may be a little late, but I would also make sure you have some verifiable experience as well. To get that join an open source project and contribute. The work makes you no money but it also costs you nothing and gives you a very solid foundation in an interview. Open source volunteering screams “I love what I do and would do it in my sleep”. As an employer that gets me excited!
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