SOURCE: Digital Forensics Certification Board

March 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) Now Accepting Candidates for Professional Certifications

DFCB Offers Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP) and Digital Forensics Certified Associate (DFCA) Designations From Independent, Community-Driven Organization

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB), an independent certifications organization for digital evidence examiners, today officially launched its highly anticipated certification program that offers two levels of professional designations. As part of the Board's certification launch, candidates may apply through the DFCB's limited "Founders Process."

Applications for the Founders Process will be accepted March 2nd through August 30, 2009. These candidates will assist in the creation of formal examination content and processes. The DFCB's Founders Process offers those who have several active years of experience in the digital forensics discipline the opportunity to become certified by demonstrating extensive expertise and experience.

For complete Founders Process requirements, additional information and downloads of the application and instruction documents, visit www.dfcb.org.

"Truly independent, professional certifications in digital forensics are something the community has needed for years -- and it is now a reality," said Sam Guttman President of the Digital Forensics Certification Board. "The DFCB is pleased to now offer an independent digital forensics professional certification for law enforcement, private sector, government, military and academia professionals. The National Institute of Justice funded the development of this professional certification program for the digital forensics community."

Once the Founders Process concludes, those seeking certifications will be required to apply to sit for a comprehensive exam, among other requirements (beginning September 2009).

DFCP and DFCA Designations

There are two types of forensics certifications offered through the DFCB -- Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP) and Digital Forensic Certified Associate (DFCA). The DFCP and DFCA designations are only available to digital evidence professionals with a strict minimum of five years of experience related to digital evidence or digital forensics. Those seeking the DFCP must demonstrate two or more years of practical experience in the last three years. Those seeking the DFCA are not required to demonstrate practical experience over the last three years.

Developed with funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the DFCB plans to apply for recognition by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), which is currently recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. There is a critical need for certification in this discipline. A congressionally mandated report, released February 18, from the National Academy of Sciences and published by the National Research Council finds serious deficiencies in the nation's forensic science system and calls for major reforms and new research. Rigorous and mandatory certification programs for forensic scientists are currently lacking, the report says, as are strong standards and protocols for analyzing and reporting on evidence.

About the DFCB

The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) was founded in 2004 by the National Institute of Justice through a Cooperative Agreement at the University of Central Florida's National Center for Forensic Science. An independent non-profit organization, the DFCB leads a collective effort among law enforcement, private sector, government, military and academia to promote public trust and confidence in the digital forensics profession. The Board currently provides two levels of professional certification for digital evidence examiners, the Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP) and Digital Forensics Certified Associate (DFCA). Visit www.dfcb.org.

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