What is the average salary for computer forensics investigators?
According to Indeed, the average base salary for a computer forensic analyst is $70,682 per year. A computer forensic analyst's salary might depend on their location and the type of organization they serve. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 35% increase in jobs for information security analysts, including forensic computer analysts, by 2031. This increase is much higher than the average economic growth and has an estimated 19,500 openings yearly.
ComputerCareers.org also reports that the average salary for a computer forensics investigator in the U.S. is $122,103 per year or $58.70 per hour. Computer forensics salaries start at $5,855 and go up to $15,923 monthly, or about $191,072 annually.
What is digital forensics?
According to INTERPOL, digital forensics is a branch of forensic science that focuses on identifying, acquiring, processing, analyzing, and reporting data stored electronically.
Electronic evidence is a component of almost all criminal activities, and digital forensics support is crucial for law enforcement investigations.
This evidence can be collected from various sources, such as computers, smartphones, remote storage, unmanned aerial systems, shipborne equipment, and more.
The main goal of digital forensics is to extract data from the electronic evidence, process it into actionable intelligence, and present the findings for prosecution. All processes utilize sound forensic techniques to ensure the results are admissible in court.
Who is this CHFI program for?
This program is intended for police officers and other law enforcement personnel, defense and security personnel, e-business security professionals, IT managers, and digital forensics service providers.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes. You will be prepared for the EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) exam. The course includes a voucher, which covers the fee to sit for the CHFI certification exam upon eligibility.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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