Business & CIS - Computer Information Systems

Professional Affiliations

With the advancement of technology and our legal system, the profession of computer/digital forensics is constantly evolving. Simply doing the work is not enough to remain current. Well after your educational achievement and certification, it's important to stay engaged in the profession by attending continuing education classes and subscribing to professional affiliations.

Subscribing to professional affiliations can also offer your future employers insight into your personal characteristics, demonstrating dedication to your profession and a strong desire to learn and develop professionally. Involvement in a professional affiliation indicates that you are up-to-date with current industry trends and willing to personally invest in your success. Most affiliations also offer vendor neutral professional certifications. Some employers even require these certifications to compete for positions.

One such affiliation recommended for all students is the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). Established in 1989, the IACIS is one of the oldest and most influential computer/digital forensics organizations in the world with well over 1,800 active members. The IACIS also offers one of the most respected and recognized vendor neutral certifications (CFCE) in the industry. Membership also allows one to participate in their listserv, where members ask questions and get immediate answers, share their experiences, and stay informed with latest industry trends and legal issues.

Another professional affiliation is Forensic Focus. Forensic Focus is one of the web's leading digital forensics portals for computer forensics and eDiscovery professionals. Founded in July 2002, the site quickly developed a reputation for encouraging open discussion and information sharing in support of best practice development within the digital forensics industry. Best known for its busy forums, Forensic Focus also offers breaking industry news, a worldwide directory of computer forensics education courses, interviews with industry focused leaders, job vacancy listings, a growing articles section and a monthly email newsletter with over 14,000 subscribers.

Other computer/digital forensic professional affiliations:

International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners

High Technology Crime Investigation Association

Digital Forensics Association

Computer Technology Investigators Network


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