Cybercrime certifications

Introduction

Cybercrime is the fastest-growing type of crime in the U.S. That means the days of detectives in deerstalker caps are gone, and in their place are tech-savvy cybercrime experts.

Cybercrime investigation is a fascinating field because it straddles the line between cybersecurity and law enforcement. Succeeding in this unique field means having a versatile set of skills including cybercrime investigation, digital forensics and evidence recovery.

In this article, we’ll take a look at certifications for cybercrime roles. Spoiler alert: there are a lot of them! For the sake of time, we’ve narrowed the list down to five of the most popular. These are the certs that are the most in-demand among employers, and therefore have the best odds of netting you that new gig as a cybercrime investigator you’ve had your eye on.

What is cybercrime investigation?

Before we jump into the certifications, let’s take a look at what cybercrime investigators do. For the most part, they assist law enforcement agencies, businesses and attorneys with criminal investigations and court proceedings related to computer crimes. These crimes can include identity theft, intellectual property theft, fraud and harassment to name a few.

The cybercrime investigator’s job is to recover data, analyze it and present it for use as evidence in investigations. This can be tricky, as evidence is often hidden, encrypted, deleted or destroyed.

Here’s a deeper dive into what cybercrime investigators handle:

  • Analyzing computer-related crimes
  • Recovering destroyed or damaged data
  • Collecting digital evidence
  • Recovering encrypted files and password-protected information
  • Testifying in court
  • Recommending methods for preserving and presenting computer evidence
  • Drafting reports, affidavits and testimonies

As you can see, cybercrime investigators play a crucial role in investigating and prosecuting computer-related crimes.

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