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Beyond the Top 5: More Digital Forensics Certifications

Best Digital Forensics Certifications
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There are lots of other certification programs that can help to further the careers of IT professionals who work in digital forensics.

One certification that we've featured several years in a row, but that didn't make the top five list for 2018, is the CyberSecurity Institute's CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA). The Institute provides digital forensic services aimed at law firms, businesses and individuals, and administers a small but well-respected certification program. The CSFA is designed for security professionals with at least two years of experience performing digital forensic analysis on computers and devices running the Windows operating system and creating investigative reports. Although the certification didn't generate as many job board hits as our other featured certifications, the CSFA is still worth your attention.

The same goes for the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) from the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, also known as ISFCE. The CCE is well recognized in the industry and in the law enforcement community as a leading credential for digital forensics professionals, but it fell a little short on job board hits during our review this year.

Other good certifications include the Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), a senior-level, vendor-neutral computer investigations and forensics credential 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.

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 2018 list of the best digital 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 the sponsor not only requires training but stands to profit from its purchase.

You might also want to ask a practicing digital 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.

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