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More Computer Forensics Certifications

Best Computer Forensics Certifications For 2017

There are lots of other certification programs that can help to further the careers of IT professionals who work in computer forensics. The EC-Council is a well-known training and certification organization that specializes in the areas of anti-hacking, computer forensics and penetration testing. The organization's Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certification emphasizes forensics tools, analytical techniques and procedures involved in obtaining, maintaining and presenting computer forensic evidence and data in a court of law.

The Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), a senior-level, vendor-neutral computer investigations and forensics credential, is available through ASIS International. The organization also offers the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), which includes an investigation component, and the Physical Security Professional (PSP) in its certification program. Forensics candidates can also pursue one of the High Tech Crime Network vendor-neutral certifications — the Certified Computer Crime Investigator or Certified Computer Forensic Technician — both of which have a Basic and an Advanced credential.

(ISC)2 offers the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP), an advanced certification aimed at digital forensic examiners, cybersecurity professionals and cyber intelligence analysts in law enforcement and private industry. Many of the topics that the CCFP covers fall under forensics techniques and procedures, standards, and legal and ethical issues regarding evidence.

On the vendor-specific side, the AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) is worth pursuing for those who already use, or plan to use, the Forensic Toolkit (FTK), which enjoys considerable use in law enforcement and private research and consulting firms.

And if you look around online, you'll find numerous other forensics hardware and software vendors that offer certifications and plenty of other organizations that didn't make the cut for the 2017 list of the best computer forensics certifications. But before you wander outside the items already mentioned in this article, you might want to research the sponsoring organization's history and the number of people who've earned its credentials, and then determine whether or not the sponsor not only requires training but stands to profit from its purchase.

You might also want to ask a practicing computer forensics professional if (a) they've heard of the certifications you found on your own and (b) if so, what that professional thinks of those offerings.

If you do your homework, you won't get burned.