Computer Crime Investigator

A computer crime investigator investigates a number of crimes that range from recovering file systems on computers that have been hacked or damaged to investigating crimes against children.

Computer Crime Investigator Overview

Job Description
A computer crime investigator investigates a number of crimes that range from recovering file systems on computers that have been hacked or damaged to investigating crimes against children. In addition, computer crime investigators also recover data from computers that can be used in prosecuting crimes. Once the necessary electronic evidence is gathered, computer crime investigators write reports that will later be used in court. Computer crime investigators must also testify in court.

Computer crime investigators also work for large corporations to test security systems that are currently in place. Investigators do this by trying various ways to hack into the corporation’s computer networks. At corporations, computer crime investigators also maximize optimal computer system performance levels.

Job Duties List
1. Analyzing computer system crimes.
2. Recovering data that was either destroyed or damaged.
3. Gathering evidence.
4. Gathering computer system information.
5. Maximizing optimal computer system performance levels.
6. Reconstructing damaged computer systems.
7. Preparing expert reports on highly complex technical matters.
8. Testifying in court.
9. Training law enforcement on computer related issues.
10. Draft expert testimony, affidavits, and reports.
11. Consult with clients, supervisors, and managers.
12. Continually develop forensic skills through outside research and training.
13. Recover password protected/encrypted files and hidden information.
14. Convert recovered files and information into a format that is compatible with a corporations needs.
15. Assess software applications for design flaws.
16. Identify and recommend methods for preservation and presentation of computer evidence.
17. An ability to work and collaborate well with a team.

How to become a(n) Computer Crime Investigator

Computer Forensics is one of the fastest growing areas of the tech industry and InfoSec Institute is proud to offer a Combined Computer and Mobile Forensics Boot Camp for those looking to get their foot in the door. This course prepares students for the three industry recognized computer forensic certifications, the IACRB Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE), IACRB Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner (CMFE), and (ISC)2 Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP).

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Career Outlook

According to the Department of Labor, demand is expected to grow 22% over the next decade for investigators which is much faster than average. This is due to the high rise in criminal activity on the Internet to include fraud, harassment, copyright infringements, identity theft, and privacy infringements. In addition, corporations need help with the prevention of industrial spying, protecting confidential information, preventing hackers from damaging computer systems, and dealing with increasing litigation, and many other computer related problems.

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Salary Projections

Computer Crime Investigators earn the most income working for consulting firms because then they can work for both corporations and law enforcement agencies at the same time. Law enforcement agencies typically only hire computer crime investigators to work on a few cases. Salaries can range anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000 annually depending on where the computer crime investigator works.

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