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Which is better: Master / PhD or Industrial Certificate

Computer forensics training and education issues. If you are looking for topic suggestions for your project, thesis or dissertation please post here rather than the general discussion forum.
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Re: Which is better: Master / PhD or Industrial Certificate

Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:44 am

+1 on the "tinker at home" thing.

Also, create stuff: scripts. full programs, procedures, research. Things you can show to an employer.

Your ability to produce something is more important to some employers. Certificates are mostly interesting for consultancy firms.  

MDCR
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Re: Which is better: Master / PhD or Industrial Certificate

Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:32 am

Save your money and set your own study schedule
Deep dive without the phd, since the phd is just a book that few people will read.

I'd say go the cert route, but even then those are limited.
Harlan's spot on, write things down and share your learning. Deep dive on multiple topics and you can really get the crux of the information for less money and a bit more effort by getting access to the tools you need, and documenting everything you can find.  

randomaccess
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Re: Which is better: Master / PhD or Industrial Certificate

Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:38 am

- chienchat
...in the scope of my question, do you have any advice.


Why, yes, I do...on my blog:

windowsir.blogspot.com...arted.html

That post includes links to others, that are equally valuable.

The issue that most folks have in the DFIR industry is that they're so overwhelmed at where to start, because there's so much _stuff_ out there. Network-based or host-based? MacOSX, Windows, Linux? Offense or defense? It's like trying to take a drink from a firehose.

You need to keep in mind that you're not going to boil the ocean all at once, so just start somewhere. The great thing is that you can figure out that you don't like it and move on, or dive deeper, and then expand outward.

However, all of the expertise you develop is completely worthless if you can't communicate, right? Start a blog. Document your experiences and what you learn. Learn to write. Share it with others, through your blog, through conference presentations, through a podcast, or whatever means works for you.

On the topic of blogging, do NOT get yourself into one of those "blog-a-day" challenges. Not everyone can do it successfully.  

keydet89
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Re: Which is better: Master / PhD or Industrial Certificate

Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:16 am

Personally, I wanted to get into forensics at at the time, I was finishing my undergrad via CUNY (City University of NY) and I continued and got my Masters in Forensic Computing from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. They renamed the program to Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity.

It was a great program, and you learn the "under the hood" of what happens when you use forensic tools. Really helps with knowing files signatures, carving, MFT, hash sets, timestamps, etc.

That said, I also have my EnCE (EnCase Certified Examiner), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CFSR (Certified Forensic Security Responder) certifications. It does help to know and use the tools if you can do so, either via a masters program or via tool/course training. Smile  

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