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Saturday, December 13, 2008

National Center for Forensic Sciences Announces Certification Body for Digital Forensics

By way of full disclosure, I am the Chair of Certification Committee for this Body. This effort is an indirect result of the AAFS recognizing the new section of Digital and Multimedia Sciences.

Certification of Digital Forensics Professionals - Becomes a Reality

Introduction to Certification
The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) will offer digital forensics practitioners the opportunity to achieve a professional certification. DFCB is headquartered at the National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida’s Research Foundation, in Orlando. This certification will require more than paying a fee and passing a test; successful completion of the certification process will require a peer-group validation of knowledge, skills and abilities in the analysis and evaluation of digital evidence. Certification will be based on successfully meeting core competency requirements identified by a community of experts.
Attaining certification will require strict adherence to an ethics component. Continuing education and other related professional activities will be required for all digital forensics professionals recognized by the DFCB.

Certification and Application Overview
Professional core competencies in digital forensics will be evaluated in the application and examination process: foundation knowledge, acquisition knowledge, examination knowledge and analysis knowledge and reporting (written and testimonial) knowledge. The “Founders”
graded application process will begin in the fall of 2008 and continue to the end of the calendar year. One type of certification will be offered for both managers and practitioners: the Digital Evidence Practitioner (DEP) Certification will include those who are practitioners and managers in digital evidence programs in law enforcement or the private sector. For applicants to qualify for the DEP certification under the Founders provision, an applicant must provide evidence of digital evidence practical experience. Note that, in general, an applicant’s experience should include a mixture of both digital forensic acquisitions as well as analyses. A total of at least five (5) years experience is required which will include full-time practical experience conducting digital forensics. One year of current experience in the last three years is required to apply for practitioner status.

Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the DFCB are as follows:

1. To promote trust and confidence in the Digital Forensics profession
2. To provide an objective certification process in digital forensics which will help the maturation of digital forensics as a science
3. To encourage, promote, aid, and affect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, and knowledge about methods and processes among the membership of DFCB
4. To establish, encourage, and enforce observation of a Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
5. To publish and distribute books, pamphlets, periodicals, papers and articles supportive of activities and purposes of DFCB
6. To establish and conduct such committees, bureaus, and offices as are necessary and incidental to the activities of DFCB
7. To conduct surveys, studies, hold conferences, symposiums, seminars, and forums
8. To arrange for the presentation of lectures and papers on matters and problems of interest
9. To foster, promote, encourage, study, research, facilitate discussion, collect and disseminate information of service or interest to the members of DFCB or the public at large
10. To conduct (such other) related activities as may be necessary, desirable, or incidental to gaining recognition of accomplishments in the field of investigations and analysis involving advanced technologies within government, business and academia.

Every person certified by DFCB will be required to demonstrate excellence, integrity, and objectivity in every forensic analysis where conclusions are formulated and reported for presentation in the judicial system.

For more information, please contact:

Sam Guttman – DFCB President
Mark Pollitt – DFCB Vice-President
Carrie Whitcomb – Director, NCFS
Telephone number for all officers: 407-823-6469

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