Digital Forensics a Growing Industry in the United States
Even someone who is only on nodding terms with current technology must surely be aware of the significant impact that data now has on our everyday lives. Events surrounding the United States 2016 presidential election have brought into sharp focus the potential power that data has to shape the world around us. Over the last decade or two, there has been an ever-growing awareness of the importance of good cybersecurity practices.
Previously the attitude among the general public towards data protection and privacy online could be described as complacent. But now we have no choice. We cannot un-know what we know, and given the prominent coverage of the largest data breaches in recent memory, the average person can’t but help to have to become aware of just how powerful data is.
A recent report set out a bright future for the world of digital forensics. It is a career that has a tremendous amount to offer workers and is also a vital service for society in a number of different contexts. The balance between meeting the needs of law enforcement and keeping consumer data safe from abuse is a difficult one to strike. Most of us agree that we both need to be able to catch criminals, and with the evidence in the most serious cases of organized crime increasingly being found digitally, we clearly have a legitimate interest in breaking through security.
On the other hand, we as individuals are putting more and more information about ourselves online than ever before. We expect that information to be kept safe, but in accomplishing one of these goals we inevitably make the other harder. Digital forensics therefore exists in something of a strange state, as every step it takes towards improving our security seems to feel like a step away from our privacy. And vise-versa of course!
The demand for digital forensics has been on the rise for some time and is currently showing no signs of abating. In 2017 the market was valued at $4.62 billion, by 2022 it is expected to be up to $9.68 billion. There are a number of different factors which are helping to drive this rise in demand. However, at the heart of the renewed drive for data forensics experts is a continuing awakening to the dangers posed by cybercriminals.
Fractured but Whole
The digital forensics Cleveland market is heavily divided into different segment. This segmentation is necessary in order to reflect the very different nature of the work that forensics officers do in a variety of different fields. For example, the tools, skills and knowledge required to forensically investigate hardware and software are very different.
Many sectors of the market, for example, that of secure data recovery, are needed by both individuals and organizations. Data loss can be devastating financially for corporations and devastating emotionally for individuals. It is easy to see the need for professional data recovery services such as Secure Data Recovery.
Organizations in both the public and private sector have the need for digital forensics. Whether it is in the pursuit of criminal investigations, or more benign research goals, digital forensics are offering unprecedented insight into the way that we interact with the key most vital pieces of technology in our everyday lives.
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