Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

Computer crime in today’s digital landscape is on the rise, and computer hacking forensic investigators are moving in to combat it. A forensic hacker can find jobs with law enforcement, the government, and corporate businesses.

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What is a Forensic Hacking Investigator?

Forensic hacking is the process of detecting hacking attacks, finding evidence to report the crime, and conduct audits against future attacks. Think of them as detectives, but in the digital world. Forensic hackers may be brought in for a wide range of crimes or misuse, like theft of enterprise secrets, robbery of or damage of intellectual property, and fraud. They pull on various means of identifying data stored on a computer system or obtaining deleted, encrypted, or damaged files.

How to become a Forensic Hacking Investigator?

Many agencies and firms require a bachelor’s in computer science, digital forensics, engineering, or cybersecurity. Some comprehensive courses and certifications are well regarded.

Even with a degree, many employers tend to hire investigators with at least one to two years of experience. Internships go a long way to bridging that gap, including one offered by the High Technology Investigative Unit of the U.S Department of Justice. Most agencies are looking for candidates with attention to detail, good judgment, the ability to testify in court, and confidently put together reports.

How much does a Forensic Hacker make?

The median salary for a Forensic Hacker is around $60,000 a year, though, given the right location and relevant experience, they can make upwards of $100,000 a year. The top five metro areas in the United States for Computer Forensics are Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Washington D.C., and Miami.

Computer Hacking Investigating is a fascinating field with much room for growth! I personally look forward to new developments in the field, and I hope you do as well.

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Junior at Operation Spark

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