<t>There are companies offering courses in computer forensics. I took a Computer Forensics Basic Boot Camp course put on last week in Albuquerque, NM by CyberEvidence Inc.<br/> <br/> Great guys and extremely knowledgeable!<br/> <br/> - Casey</t>
<t>My son is VERY interested in ths field and enjoys digging around his own computers finding this left by old progams, etc. He has very little knowledge in IT except that of a user, but he is a quick study and LOVES to dig for this sort of thing. He goes to the library and gets the Windows System Resource Kit books and reads them. He gets all kinds of Windows Secrets and insider books. He seems to really love this. He pokes around on Sysinternals, etc.<br/> <br/> Do you have advice to offer him about how to get started in this field? Where to go for education...how to learn what he needs to know? He is located in the NYC area. Any help you can offer is GREATLY appreciated.<br/> <br/> Sue</t>
To be a competent forensics specialist, he will need a solid understanding of how computers work, and how data is stored and retreived from various media.
He should look into getting the A+, Network+, and maybe Security+ certifications. The information will give him a good grounding in the hardware, operating system, and basic networking of computers. Get involved in computer clubs at school, and take any classes he can get on the subject. Getting his feet wet with Linux is also a good path. There are colleges in that area that have degrees in this field, and they would be his best resource for hands on training. You might have him contact companies in the area that may be willing to train him.
There are free forensics tools available on the web that are Linux based, such as "Helix", and the older "Penguin Sleuth Kit".