What is a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (or Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator)?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 2014. It has been revised and updated for accuracy and completeness.
Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process for detecting hacking attacks, properly extracting evidence to report it and conducting audits to prevent future attacks. Computer forensics can be described as a similar form of forensics to the way you search for evidence hidden deep within computer software.

Many job responsibilities include the use of computer software to analyze or reconstruct financial records and files that are relevant to an investigation. If you provide services related to criminal cases, you may be asked to prepare reports. You will need to document all actions. Computer forensics is essentially the use of computer analysis and computer investigation techniques to determine potential evidence. Computer forensics investigators can use a variety of methods to discover data in a computer system or recover deleted, encrypted or damaged file information, also known as computer data recovery.
Computer crime is a constant threat that security professionals face every day. Computer Investigation techniques are used by police, government and corporate entities worldwide. Many of them turn to EC-Council to receive the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI Certificate Program. The tools and techniques in the EC-Council CHFI program will prepare individuals for computer investigations using cutting-edge digital forensics technologies.
There are many situations that require a CHFI:
Breach of NDAHacking/Data TheftPossession of illegal pornographyIndustrial espionageE-mail FraudCorporate BankruptcyWeb page/profiledefacementBecome a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator
The CHFI certification validates the candidate’s ability to identify intruders’ footprints and gather evidence to support prosecution in court. Computer forensics graduates are in high demand. Glassdoor reported that the average salary for computer forensics graduates was $96,750 in 2019.
Target Audience
Police and other law enforcement personnelDefense and Military personnelCorporate IT professionalsSystems administratorsLegal professionalsBanking and Insurance professionalsGovernment agenciesIT managersTraining and Exam Information
After passing an exam, the CHFI certification can be obtained. The recommended training is EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Inspector (CHFI). Before enrolling in the CHFI course, it is strongly recommended that you take the Certified Ethical Hacker class (CEH).
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