Digital forensics is the collection (seizure), processing, and analysis of digital information such that this information (evidence) can be successfully admitted into a court of law, but not limited to criminal law. It is interdisciplinary in its nature, including topics and tools from computer engineering, computer science, information technology, network engineering, law, and ethics. Although related to information security, digital forensics is a discipline unto itself. In the last 20 years, digital forensics has evolved into its own industry. Once primarily focused on supporting criminal prosecutions, digital forensics now also supports civil prosecutions, incident response, weaponized code analysis, and insider threat investigations.
The M.S. in Digital Forensics will prepare students for careers in industry, government, and academia by combining academic education with real-world practical techniques. Emphasis is placed in the program on training students to use and apply digital forensics methods and knowledge in a variety of scenarios. Digital forensic examiners (DFE) work in both the public and private sectors, and the Washington, D.C. area is home to a large work force of DFEs. These DFEs work for the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, the Defense Department as well as with the vast majority of Inspectors General and local police departments. Practically all of the major accounting and consulting firms employ digital forensic examiners on staff, and there is a growing cadre of independent consultants that work in this field.
FEW CONTACTS THAT MAY BE USEFUL
PROBITY TRUXTON – https://www.truxtonforensics.com/
SUMURI – https://sumuri.com/
MAGNET FORENSICS – https://www.magnetforensics.com/
US DATA FORENSICS – http://www.usdfllc.com/