Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Part 2: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Research

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

The community is lacking dedicated researchers. We are looking for all aspects of research, both on digital forensic artifacts and new technologies. Most of the community has fallen into the habit of using existing information and extant tools; often with little validation or testing that ensures the science is true. However, scientists routinely make mistakes. As a result, we need more of you starting your own research projects and we certainly need more of you providing critical peer review of others’.

How can you get started? One way is to start by performing peer reviews of existing research already published. It’s true to say that there is more unknown in digital forensics than there is known and we could stand to have a few more individuals analyzing the myriad artifacts to ensure the analysis matches the science.

Friday's post will look at development and feedback.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Part 1: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Introduction

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

Our community is small. Similar to walking into your favorite bar and seeing your best friends there, attending conferences feels like a reunion. This will not last. We are growing at an increased pace. Last year, “Information Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert” was the number #1 coolest job for the SANS “Top 20 Coolest Information Security Jobs.” Every day, I see new individuals entering the field, from law enforcement to the intelligence community, from information security professionals to those involved in litigation. The reason is simple: our work is important and makes a difference. As a result, each of us should actively help foster community building to ensure that we grow smartly as a profession.

Estimates have suggested that there are approximately 30,000 digital forensic professionals in the world. As we continue to expand the field, many individuals are contributing back into the community to help further the profession. Individuals, such as Dave Hull, Ovie Carroll, Lance Mueller, and many others, routinely give up their own time to get involved and help many individuals on a daily basis.

However, we desperately need more dedicated professionals contributing this growing community. You do not have to be exceptionally talented, know how to code, or even spend money, if you want to contribute. You can simply join a professional organization, get to know your peers, and of course, most importantly, participate. My mantra now is simple: “What have you done to help further our profession today?”

So, how can you get involved? Wednesday's post will look at the use of research in the profession.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Friday, 7 January 2011

UK First - Firebrand Introduces Electronic PRINCE2 Testing

Firebrand Training has become the only authorised PRINCE2® training provider to trial delivery of the Practitioner exam electronically.

When this option is exercised, you will leave with the
PRINCE2® results in your hand - unlike with most training providers, where you would have to wait months for your results.