Career outlook for forensic computer analyst
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would investigate cyber crime to protect people from hackers, thieves and terrorists. Your work would help to prevent others from becoming victims of similar crimes.
You could work for the police or security services, a bank or an IT firm.
You would use specialist computer programs to investigate crimes like:
- hacking, online scams and fraud
- Political, industrial and commercial spying
- Terrorist communications
- Possession of illegal content or images
- Theft of confidential information
On a typical case you might:
- Secure the system so it can’t be tampered with again
- Find and copy data from disks that are hidden, encrypted or damaged
- Unlock digital images that have been changed to hide the identity of a place or person
- Use mobile phone records to trace devices
- Uncover electronic links between individuals or groups
- Keep records of your work
- Present your findings to managers, law enforcement organisations and your clients
- Appear in court as an expert witness
- GIve general advice on cyber security
It would be important to have good knowledge of information security standards and laws. You would also need to keep up to date with technology, investigative tools and criminal methods.
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