With the world becoming more digitalised every day, there is a fast-growing need for cybersecurity professionals. Although relatively new, it is a booming industry with many career paths one can take.
Cyber forensics is one of the more sought-after career paths in the cybersecurity world. Before we begin looking at how to get certified, we should seek to understand what cyber forensics is.
What is cyber forensics?
Cyber forensics is the application of proven investigative processes to find digital evidence to provide a conclusive description of cybercrime activities. Since it involves cybercrime activities, cyber forensics is usually done cooperatively with law enforcement.
Cyber forensics VS cybersecurity
Despite having a distinct difference, cyber forensics is usually confused with cybersecurity. To differentiate these two career paths, we would have to consider what their objectives are.
In cybersecurity, the objective revolves around prevention. For instance, setting up measures to prevent any form of a data breach. On the other hand, cyber forensics is reactive and only comes into play after a breach of data occurs.
While cybersecurity focuses on preparing for the worst-case scenario and what could happen, cyber forensics is more practical and involves tracking down hackers and retrieving lost data.
The training of cyber forensics professionals reflects the need for these skills, with certification programs paying heavy attention to understanding cyber criminology and the best practices for forensic investigations.
Specialisations in cyber forensics
There are several specialisations in cyber forensics. Some examples would be network forensics & risk management, cybercrime & fraud, or computer-related criminal justice & legal policy.
It is without a doubt that these specialisations are lucrative, especially with a shortage of professionals and a growing demand in this industry. This is a driving factor as to why many are rushing to get certified as cyber forensics professionals. Unfortunately, not all of them know the apt and appropriate courses they can take to get certified.
The first step to getting certified
A highly recommended course would be the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course. With modules like system hacking and session hijacking, completing this course earns you the title of an Internationally Certified Ethical Hacker.
In such an industry, a strong foundation on security systems is required to be a proficient industry expert. Thus, the five-day Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is highly recommended. This certification covers concepts like security and risk management which is a specialisation track in cyber forensics.
Opportunities in cyber forensics
If cybersecurity and cyber forensics is up your alley or is something you would like to pursue, then you can step into the field at BridgingMind’s Cybersecurity Conversion Program (CCP).
The programme commencing in late October 2020 includes curated course programmes for budding cybersecurity professionals, giving you a much needed push to begin your career!