Career Opportunities in Cyber Forensics

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Education & Career Trends: June 18, 2024

Curated by the Knowledge Team of  ICS Career GPS

The integration of science and technology in cyber monitoring has not only elevated the status of forensic science globally but has also created a niche in India.

Cyber forensics, a specialised branch of digital forensics within the broader realm of forensic sciences, is rapidly emerging as a significant source of employment and a promising career option. The integration of science and technology in cyber monitoring has not only elevated the status of forensic science globally but has also created a niche in India.

This field deals with crime scenes where evidence is electronic, derived from digital devices.

What is Forensic Science?

Forensic science applies scientific principles to criminal investigations. It can be divided into six key specialisations based on the type of evidence found at crime scenes:

  1. Forensic Life Sciences
  2. Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
  3. Forensic Physics
  4. Forensic Ballistics
  5. Questioned Document Examination
  6. Digital Forensics

Courses in Cyber Forensics

To enhance scientific analysis in crime scenes, the National Forensic Science University, with campuses in New Delhi and Gandhinagar (Gujarat), has been inaugurated. Many universities offer M.Sc programmes in Forensic Science, with digital forensics as a specialisation. These programmes cater to students from various undergraduate backgrounds, making the field accessible to a broad audience.

An Overview of Cyber Forensics

Digital forensics stands out as the only specialisation in forensic science that has significantly penetrated the industry, creating a unique niche. Electronic evidence from digital devices can be categorised into various classes, each offering distinct career pathways:

  1. Computer Forensics: Deals with stand-alone computers (desktops or laptops). This specialization includes deleted data recovery and offers numerous entry-level positions.
  2. Network Forensics: Involves networked computers, focusing on cybersecurity and incident response.
  3. Mobile Forensics: Entails data recovery from mobile devices using specialised tools and protocols.

Career Opportunities in Cyber Forensics

  • Several private investigation firms hire freshers to perform data recovery on ceased machines by government agencies, such as Income tax and excise
  • This enables them to cater to the requirements of sanctioned government contracts outsourced to them.
  • Specialisation in network forensics allows students to foray into security and opens the widely acclaimed and viable field of network/cyber security and incident response.
  • Software developers can find jobs in industries performing source-code forensics.
  • Electronic engineers can satisfy the requirements of signal processing, desired by a multimedia forensic expert, this involves working on audio/video evidence.

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