If you’re interested at computer programming and solving white-collar crimes – introducing computer forensics (CF), a field of study that requires those mentioned skills earlier in order to retrieve lost data from crime suspects’ computers and other digital devices as court evidence.
It has a specific study route that you can choose various CF certifications including:
· GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA)
· Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
· Certified Computer Forensic Examiner (CFCE)
· Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE)
· AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
No matter which certifications you choose, you have to get pass your certification in order to become a certified computer forensics investigator – how?
Tip No.1: Develop a test taking strategy
As if you’re given questions or problems regarding a case study, try hard to delve into the problem – most of the questions are analytical questions and you need more time for your test preparation. Don’t expect that you can get free test preparation questions online.
Therefore, you can search for it via Amazon.com or any online bookstores. If you have received those preparation questions from companies that offer such certifications, make use of your time and effort to get those questions done on time. You have to try requesting for such items from these companies as they might provide related resources for their candidates.
Tip No.2: Polish your report writing skills
Answering analytical-type questions can be very technical. Hence, you need to tone down your technical approach so that your report suits all kind of readers including your examiners, or other groups of people that do not have computer forensics background. If you have poor writing skills, please don’t hesitate to look for an English tutor – that would be the best investment for your career planning.
Besides that, answering questions as well as your report have to be precisely written – of course, without grammar errors. Thus, you have to construct a plan before writing your report. You have to develop a habit of proof-reading your report.
Tip No.3: Avoid procrastination – form a study group or look for a study partner
Most computer forensics examiner test consists of analytical questions and report writing and you need to allocate enough time to answer all the questions. By forming a study group or a study partner, you can concentrate on revising what you’ve learned in your computer forensics certification training course. If you couldn’t find a study partner from your area – try finding one by posting a notice via free online classifieds such as Craigslist.org. This is also a way of looking for former CF certificate holders as your study partner.