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Homepage / From Forensic Science…to Digital Forensics

From Forensic Science…to Digital Forensics


Digital Investigation

In today’s fast-changing world, digital devices are everywhere. This means that they’re often present when events of interest occur, which has increased the need for experts in digital forensic science around the globe who can identify, capture and analyse digital device content. Almost every investigation of every type involves some form of digital information.

Digital forensic science isn’t just about police work; it also applies to government agencies and organisations, private companies, and can even be a stepping stone into the world of cybersecurity, offering many different career paths.

A Great Fit?

People who work in digital forensic science come from a range of backgrounds and avenues, such as the military, police, computer science and maths. So, why are forensic science students a great fit for specialising in digital forensic science?

Their thorough training in collecting and analysing evidence, as well as their attention to detail, gives them a strong foundation for navigating the complex world of digital investigations. They have a unique mix of skills and knowledge that enables them to analyse situations and find relevant information. They’re good at solving problems and thinking critically – crucial in a field where experts deal with large amounts of data and often need to uncover hidden or encrypted information.

Highly Adaptable

Moreover, those with a background in forensic science have a solid understanding of laws and ethics. Not only are they already trained in communicating their results to a lay audience, they also grasp the importance of preserving the integrity of and documenting their process. Their background makes them highly adaptable, allowing them to quickly understand computer science and digital forensic science fundamentals. This adaptability is important in a field that’s always changing.

Forensic science does not just concern things like blood and DNA, but now the ability to understand and evaluate digital evidence is of paramount importance.

Funding Support:

If you’re interested in pursuing a Digital Forensics MSc with Cranfield University, the CCL Future of Digital Forensic Science Scholarship may be just what you need to start your journey.

Dr Graeme Horsman

Written By: Cormac Mcmanus

Dr Graeme Horsman is a Digital Forensic expert and practitioner as well as course director of Digital Forensics at Cranfield University.

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