Internet Forensics - The Wild West

Internet Forensics

The Internet is the new frontier. It is a place many have gone, but there are still a lot of things to discover. In some ways it is like the Wild West; there is wild unknown country, and there is a lot of lawlessness going on. The problem is the newness, and as usual, criminals or thieves are a step ahead of law enforcement. If you like the idea of riding patrol on the Internet, looking for clues and gathering information that could solve a crime, Internet Forensics might be just for you.

Cybersecurity has arisen because people have learned fast that there are plenty of people out there who want to steal your information, your money or your property. Cybersecurity tries to make a secure system on the Internet where honest people can store information and do business without fear. When there is a breach in cybersecurity, it is time to bring in the Internet forensics crew.

Forensics investigates material involved in a crime, and an Internet forensics investigator does the same thing. There is more to it than just looking for clues to crimes though. An Internet forensics investigator has to know how to get into systems to find information, whether that’s a computer, the cloud, or a device. The person then has to be able to gather information and be able to present it in court in a way that will stand up to legal challenges.

This field combines technology and the law, and it is a growing field as more and more information lives on the Internet. Criminals are getting sharper at knowing how to break into systems, so there needs to be more sophisticated means of investigating to keep up.

A person with a degree in Internet Forensics could work with law enforcement or with private firms. Their job is to get information from computers and other devices using the latest software.  The types of electronics could range from computers to digital cameras - basically anything that is used or could be used in connection to the Internet.

You would also be working on ways to break through security systems that criminals have put in place to keep from getting caught. Your investigative skills would have to work both sides of the cybersecurity system in order to succeed.

There are specialized tools for this job that are continually developing, so a person would have to stay on top of the latest developments.  Experts predict there will be an expansion of this type job in the future, so there is a lot of potential.

There will be basic investigators, and there will be electronics experts as well. People in this field would also likely be testifying in court, as well as presenting evidence.

A person who wants to pursue this career should get a bachelors degree in computer science or criminal justice. To learn more about these degrees, explore Sacred Heart University’s offerings at graduate.sacredheart.edu.

 

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