Awhile ago I was hired by a computer forensics company to work as a consultant. This is a term that mingles detective work, marketing, and sales. Forensic investigative work takes years of training and passing several certifications, like IACIS, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. After a crash course in computer forensics, I continued my research.

Computer forensics is an expanding field because more people are becoming sophisticated in computer use, and some of these people use computers and other digital devices for criminal purposes. The growth in this field ranges from 22 to 27 percent through 2018. This growth is reflected from the increase in private investigators and computer support related jobs. (As per Much of the information I find related to contemporary news in computer forensics is new programs being offered by universities and colleges. Other news is related to new labs being opened both privately and by the national government.

Some of the information I follow is related to spamming, hacking, cyber stalking, and other computer crimes. These articles are growing in number, with the perpetrators ranging in age from teens to older adults. Criminal activity can take the form of securities fraud, embezzlement, and data theft.

Attorneys are involved. They are on both sides of criminal and civil cases that relate to computers. They are educating themselves in computer forensics to be able to hire smart, efficient people to care for their evidence and subsequent investigation of the data recovered. Attorneys have found they are learning a new technique in litigation.

Overall, the growth in computer forensic jobs is related to the growth in use of computers by individuals. This relatively new area of computer jobs has limited information on the growth of this industry. News releases and the desire of higher education to add this subject to their curriculum’s point to growth.