Computer forensics specialists in demand as hacking grows

Monday, 9 September 2002, 9:53 AM EST

One of just 180 forensics investigators certified worldwide by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, Pancoast is among the 15 to 20 computer forensics examiners who work in this state.

These "digital detectives" collect, preserve and analyze computer evidence according to careful style so that it can be criminally prosecuted.

Not only is demand for computer forensics investigators hot, but several labor forecasts predict a shortfall of nearly 50,000 within the IS security profession, too.

In police parlance, if computer forensics investigators are detectives, then IS security experts are the patrol cops who protect computers and network systems from high-tech safecrackers and vandals. Businesses, government and law-enforcement agencies all are "scrambling" for such workers, says Lake Washington Technical College dean Mike Potter.

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