What happens when the bad guys manage to break into a computer system, or a crime is commited with important evidence being stored on a digital device? It’s up to cyber investigators to figure out how it happened and who was behind it using a variety of different tools, skills and experience.
Digital Forensics Specialists find evidence of wrongdoing on digital devices including computers or mobile phones. Gettnig into Digital Forensics involves understanding how devices work and how they store data, so you can build a picture around activity that occured on a device. The evidence found on digital devices might be used in criminal or corporate investigations. It can lead to a very rewarding career finding wrongdoing and gives you the base knowledge required for more advanced roles.
Incident Responders use a variety of digital forensic and general cyber security knowledge to identify cyber attacks, stop them from causing more damage and help organisations get back up and running. Many incident responders begin their career in Digital Forensics but experience in malware analysis or security monitoring can also be a good starting point.
Malware Analysts use their knowledge of how programs and apps run on digital devices to find out how malicious progams and apps work might cause damage. A deep understanding of how devices process and store data is essential.
Threat Hunters are responsible for locating cyber attacks across an organisation where it might have not been detected by existing security monitoring tools. It’s a very rewarding role that gives people a strong sense of achievement when a hunt uncovers something bad. Threat Hunters generally require a very deep understanding of a very broad set of topics.