The field of computer forensics is growing rapidly and for someone who is looking to get into this industry and make a career of it, there is quite a bit of upward mobility, not just in law enforcement, but in Corporate America as well. Right now there is a shortage of such professionals and it is a growing field. Gaining the knowledge needed to become proficient is not a walk in the park, but well worth the effort.
The Department of Homeland Security is in need of all the computer forensic specialists they can hire. And you’ll need knowledge of anti-hacking defense, cyber crime fighting and investigating cyber crime; even international terrorism. Interestingly, enough there are some universities that offer degrees in Computer Forensics, of course first you will need a computer science degree and it helps to have a good background in criminal justice.
Best of all the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics puts an average salary of a computer forensics/information security professional at $70,000 per year and that’s not too bad, as that is just the average. Currently, the statistics also indicate that this industry sector will be very strong all the way through 2015. And each time the hackers get better, the value of a knowledgeable computer forensic specialist goes up.
Indeed, our nation’s military is also concerned that foreign militaries will attack our IT infrastructure and it is paramount that we defend it and know where the attacks are coming from. We must protect our information infrastructure and the flow of reliable data. Please consider all this.