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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:36 am    Post subject: Day in the life Reply with quote

Hi, I'm an experienced IT professional who is considering a move from infrastructure administration and support to that of a digital media examiner. I do not know what a digital examiner really does day in and day out as part of a law enforcement agency.
I'd like to hear from you hopefully without editorializations.

1. What do you really do each day? e.g. pull drives and capture them, view files, and determine when and where they were created? Use IP tracing, browswer history, etc.

2. I want the real skinny, objectively.

3. Do you consider the brunt of you workload to be routine?

4. Is there pressure to complete forensic jobs on a time schedule?

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

School is back in session. Seems like this is one of the first assignments every quarter.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:13 am    Post subject: Serious inquiry Reply with quote

I'm not in school taking a class on digital forensics. I have 20+ years experience in IT and was recently offered a job in digital forensics, with provided training, for a federal law enforcement agency. I'm seriously trying to evaluate the working conditions compared to what I'm already doing. Any helpful replies are greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, if I were you I would jump on it. Most people with degrees in forensics have a hard time even getting an interview for a federal position since the competition is so fierce. If you have been offered a position when you have no forensics training or experience which includes them paying for the training and certs, you should take it without hesitation.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for what you would be examining, it would largely depend on which agency and which division of that agency we are talking about. It could be anything from examining computers from white collar crimes to examining computers for child pornography to examining a computer to prove that a person did extensive research on how to build the bomb they used to blow up that day care center.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Elaborate please. Reply with quote

I'm very interested to read some more of your reasoning for such a hearty "take it without hesitation" opinion. Besides being a difficult field to get into, what makes it so desirable?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The benefits in a federal position are exceptional. Compensation is very good. Just the fact that they are willing to pay for your training which would cost a fortune if you were forced to pay yourself is enough.
Edit: There are also many training programs that are only available to law enforcement/federal agencies.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm working with law enforcement as a Digital Forensics Investigator.

My daily routine is there is no routine Very Happy

I remove HDD's and SSD's from PC's and laptops to image them, but also use live tools (like Deft-DVD's and USB's) to start up laptops and netbooks to make an image to external HDD's.
I investigate these images with Forensic Frameworks like FTK, EnCase and Autopsy (Sleuthkit) to find evidence.
I also make images (logical, filesystem or physical) of phones, smartphones, tablets, USB-drives, SD-cards etc.
I go along with entry teams to secure live data (memorydumps, networkdata, etc.) from running PC's and laptops, etc.

Every time you think you know the routine the routine changes, because of new devices, software, updates and tools.

That's why I follow regular courses. If you have the possibility to get in Digital Forensics I can only say, just do it! It's the best job I ever had Very Happy
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