Training and Education in Digital Evidence

  • Philip Craiger


Digital forensics is a relatively new science that is becoming increasingly important as tech-savvy criminals use computers and networks in their illegal activities. Demonstrated competency in digital forensics requires a varied knowledge and skill set that includes an in-depth understanding of computer hardware and software, computer networks, forensic science, applicable local, state, and national laws, as well as the ability to communicate in both verbal and written forms. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with an overview of education and training in digital forensics. Issues specifically addressed include differences between education and training; the “core competencies” of the digital forensics examiner; guidelines on the knowledge and skills students should expect to learn in a college/university educational program; a description of various types of training programs; as well as pointers to Web resources for current information on available educational and training programs.

Key Words

Core competencies Digital forensics Examination plan Hashing IACIS NW3C Oper-ating systems SWGDE TWGED 


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