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Why is Digital Forensic Training Important?

Posted by ADF Solutions on April 26, 2023
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Digital forensics involves collecting, analyzing, and presenting computer-related evidence for use in criminal and civil investigations.

Digital forensics training is an important tool for law enforcement, security professionals, and IT specialists. Training equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and recover digital evidence. This may include deleted files and emails and must be done in a secure and legal manner. 

Training provides an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of digital investigations, ensuring that evidence is collected that is both legal and ethical. It also allows them to analyze digital evidence and present their findings in a court of law. 

Developing the skills and knowledge needed to effectively use forensic software involves a combination of technical and practical knowledge. On the technical side, it is essential to have a good understanding of computer systems and operations, as well as a working knowledge of computer programming. This will enable you to understand how forensic software works and how to utilize it properly. On the practical side, you should develop an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of using forensic software, as well as an understanding of the software's capabilities and limitations. 

To gain technical knowledge, it is recommended that you take courses such as computer forensics, digital forensics, or information security. It is important to be able to understand how digital devices work, networks, and computer systems.

  • Digital Comprehension- there are several digital devices that you need to be familiar with to use digital forensic software effectively. Aside from computers and cell phones these devices also include USBs, external hard drives, iPads, printers, and digital cameras [1].
  • Networks- understanding LAN, networks, connectivity, and Cloud computing is essential when conducting investigations. 
  • Operating Systems- these include systems such as Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac, Androids, and OS. Different devices may work with different operating systems. 

Additionally, you should try to gain hands-on experience with forensic software by using it in a real-world scenario and speaking with knowledgeable professionals.

Although, digital forensics also goes beyond the technology. Building your analytical thinking skills will assist you with analyzing evidence, detecting patterns, interpreting data, and producing reports of your findings. As you uncover, sort, and further examine data you must be able to translate for all parties involved. 

Having these skills also helps you when examining cybersecurity and cybercrimes. Your agency or company will want to know about breaches, threats, and vulnerabilities. How did a breach occur? What type of threats should their systems be protected against? What are some system vulnerabilities?

To summarize to effectively use forensics software you must have knowledge in several areas such as ….

  • Computer systems
  • Networks
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Criminal laws and proper investigation procedures

Technology is constantly evolving and so are the techniques used to conduct digital investigations. Keeping yourself up to date with the newest forensic techniques can help tackle a variety of cyber investigations. Taking the time to receive the proper training on digital forensic software can save you time and help you avoid errors

ADF Solutions' provides Certified User Training to help investigators and examiners quickly learn and master ADF Solutions' digital forensic and triage software. ADF’s forensic software training is designed for both technical and non-technical students to prepare them with the knowledge and skills they need to use ADF software tools on-scene, in the field, or in forensic laboratories. 

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