If you want to become a digital forensic expert, be aware that when entering the field, you will be presented with an abundance of information that you will not know. It is a wonderfully challenging career path. Some believe that having the title of a cybersecurity professional (e.g. digital forensics expert, cybersecurity analyst, incident response commander, etc.) means that this is an area where the field of knowledge is intimidating because it’s so expansive. Fortunately, novices who enter this field may already know the majority of information needed to begin the career.

For individuals who are seasoned IT/IS professionals, it is common for them to transition into a position in the cybersecurity field as they have a basis of understanding that will allow them to evolve accordingly. As we enter 2020, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is extremely high in order to combat current and future cyber events and breaches. Here are some tips on how you can get started in the field of digital forensics.

Education and Certifications For Digital Forensic Careers

The educational resources and certifications that are available for individuals who want to become a cybersecurity professional are quite extensive. But they can also be pricey. Education, cross-training with cybersecurity professionals, and on-hand training on your own time through various programs may assist in getting your foot in the door in digital forensics and provide a pathway to obtain certifications. If on-hand training on your own time is preferred, keep in mind that these programs may take anywhere from six months to a few years to complete and will require dedication, motivation, prioritization, and discipline.

For reference, I have listed two websites below that you can use for these purposes:

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