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Emerging Occupations

Cyber Forensic Investigator

A cyber forensic investigator retrieves and interprets information from computers, smartphones, tablets, and other types of devices that may have been erased, damaged, compromised or corrupted by unauthorized access and/or malicious software.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advancements.

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  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 19,600
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Computer Forensic Investigator, Cyber Forensic Analyst, Intelligence Analyst

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

52%
52%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
NOC & Interest Codes
The Cyber Forensic Investigator is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Systems Security Analysts
NOC code: 2171.2
METHODICAL

Interest in precision working to implement and administer system security infrastructure and security tools, and in maintaining security practices and procedures

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing physical and technical security risks to data, software and hardware in order to develop policies and contingency plans that minimize the effects of security breaches

DIRECTIVE

Interest in consulting to advise on systems security issues and on enhancing security tools, techniques and business practices; in enforcing security practices and procedures, and in addressing security problems such as computer viruses and unauthorized information access, modification or deletion

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Cyber forensic investigators have working knowledge of all aspects of computers and related devices, including how they store files, communicate over a network and secure their data.

Duties vary from one job to another depending on the employer and the sensitivity of the information. In general, cyber forensic investigators:

  • advise on the availability and reliability of digital evidence
  • acquire digital evidence through searches onsite or in a lab setting
  • conduct interviews and take statements
  • examine, document and prepare evidence
  • develop technical reports detailing how digital evidence was discovered and all of the steps taken during the retrieval process.
Working Conditions
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Cyber forensic investigators work in an office or laboratory. They also may be required to sit for extended periods while using a computer. Cyber forensic investigators also may be required to travel to crime scenes or give testimony in court regarding the evidence collected.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Cyber forensic investigators need the following characteristics:

  • a curious nature and the ability to remain objective
  • the ability to think logically and analyze complex problems
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • strong communication and organizational skills
  • excellent observational skills, with the ability to recognize patterns and see correlations
  • the ability to see both the detail and big picture
  • a high degree of honesty and integrity, and able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • a keen interest in keeping up-to-date with new developments in technology.
Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 07, 2016

The minimum educational requirements for cyber forensic investigators is a specialized diploma in cyber forensics.

Cyber forensic investigators must continuously upgrade their knowledge, because systems and security threats are constantly changing.

Employers generally prefer to hire experienced applicants who have a 4-year bachelor's degree or at least a 2-year diploma in computer science or a related discipline, and basic training in the handling of cyber-forensic evidence. They also normally require successful applicants to complete a security background check.

Employers prefer to hire cyber forensic investigators who have at least the following information security certifications:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC).

Some employers may also require applicants to have additional specialized designation, such as:

  • EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE)
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
  • Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)
  • AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).

For more information on education and certification, see the websites in Other Sources of Information.

In Canada, the Canadian Police College offers the Computer Forensic Examiner (CMPFOR) program and the Cyber Crime Investigator's Course (CCIC) for those who are authorized by their organization to conduct computer forensic analysis.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Concordia University of Edmonton

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies through the objective application of specialized knowledge and professional judgement.

Legislation

Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

What You Need

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification and recognizes the many different ways this standard may be achieved. Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following I.S.P. designation criteria routes: (1) Established Academic, (2) IT Industry Leader, (3) Established IT Professional, (4) Education Plus Experience, (5) Exam, (6) Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976), or (7) Upgrade from Candidate Status. For official, detailed information, visit the CIPS website, CIPS Alberta website or contact CIPS Alberta.

Working in Alberta

Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered professionals in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 21085
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6R 2V4
Phone Number: 780-431-9311
Toll-free phone number: 1-844-431-9311
Fax number: 780-413-0076
E-mail: alberta@cips.ca
Website: ab.cips.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, new services)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for cyber forensic investigators is unknown.

Cyber forensic investigators are employed by:

  • law enforcement
  • IT companies
  • educational and financial institutions
  • consulting firms
  • government departments
  • online retailers.

In Alberta, most cyber forensic investigators work in major urban centres for specialized software development firms or large organizations that have a law enforcement information systems department. Outstanding individuals who have graduate degrees and many years of experience may move into management positions or become private consultants.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existing before)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no salary data is available for this occupation.

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC code: 2171

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $21.28 $53.33 $34.85 $34.65
Overall $29.11 $63.82 $45.67 $45.03
Top $35.56 $89.83 $57.25 $53.12

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

52%
52%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

12%
12%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Computing Science
    • Information Processing
    • Management and Marketing
    • Networking
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Technology
Other Sources of Information
Updated Apr 07, 2016

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) website: www.cips.ca

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) website: www.comptia.org

Information System Audit and Control Association website: www.isaca.org

International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) website: cert.eccouncil.org

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)² website: www.isc2.org

International Systems Security Association (ISSA) website: www.issa.org

SANS Institute website: www.sans.org

Software Engineering Institute website: www.sei.cmu.edu

Technology Alberta website: www.albertaict.ca

The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists: www.iacis.com

The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners website: www.isfce.com

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 19, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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