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IT Training in Tough Times: Top Forensics Certs

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Today on Tom's IT Pro: Computer Forensics Certifications, HP's all-in-one workstation and more.

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With the publication of Training Options for IT Pros, Tom’s IT Pro launched an important series of articles that tackle a subject close to the heart of information technology professionals, that of IT training and certification. Especially in the current economy, training and certification increase the marketability of IT pros, leading to greater job mobility and opportunities to do the most interesting work.

The latest article in the series, Top 5 Computer Forensics Certifications, covers the often convoluted world of computer forensic and digital investigation programs and certifications.

Picking through the computer forensics certifications programs out there can be like navigating through a maze. It often proves problematic and confusing for any would-be credential holder. While there are a large number of high-quality programs in digital investigations and computer forensics available, there a also many others—as Ed Tittel writes—that "are far less transparent, well-documented and widely known.”

In the article, Ed makes seeking out the right forensics certifications a breeze for IT pros. He details the Certified Computer Examiner, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator, Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst and Forensics Examiner and Professional Certified Investigator certifications and more.

In our first article in the series, we provided a comprehensive overview that explains what 36 IT training companies do and how well they do it. The article included several quick-read tables to assist busy IT pros looking to increase their knowledge and advance their careers. The tables grade and describe training providers that cover most subject areas as well as those that are vendor or niche specific, such as those that are focused on information security, forensics and more.

Additional articles delve more deeply into specific subject areas such as security, networking, system administration, programming, forensics, database, ERP and so on. There is also a sub-series that focuses on evergreen certifications, as well as articles covering DIY certification programs, online and classroom training, never-fail exam tune-ups, getting the best bang for your IT certification dollars, finding the best exam prep courses and, of course, how to plan a brilliant certification career.

Ed Tittel is the author of 140 computer books and a well-known expert on IT education.  His career spans over 30 years in the computing industry. He’s worked as a programmer, a technical manager, a classroom instructor, a network consultant and a technical evangelist for a number of companies.

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