The use of digital evidence was mainly used by law enforcement agencies and as a post-event response to a serious computer incident but recent trends shows that organizations are frequently carrying out forensics investigations and it’s beneficial to gather and preserve digital evidence before an incident occurs. Organizations invest time, money and man-hours to develop incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity plans to deal with potential computer incident risks. The same pragmatic approach doesn’t seem to apply to digital forensics readiness.
ICT is now considered the cornerstone of every economy transforming the way business is done across the whole world regardless of geographical location and different regulations. Research indicates that ICT offers viable and practical solutions for organizations and governments to meet challenges of a predominantly changing environment.
African nations and their respective economies have not been spared from the wrath of the cyber-criminal. The rapid unabated internet penetration, proliferation of digital devices, and greater dependency on ICTs for daily functions have resulted in cyber-criminals leveraging on the perceived anonymity on the internet, and the ubiquity of digital devices in the commission of traditional crimes in new ways.
If you’re reading this blog, you know the truth: Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) is a great field! The work is fun, the challenges keep things interesting and the career outlook is bright. But before you start filling out job applications, let’s talk about three things you can do to prepare yourself for success in this field.