SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Author - rcj02453

The Future of Digital Forensics

by Ryan Johnson

Looking around the field of Digital Forensics today, there are a number of states enacting legislation requiring Digital Forensic Practitioners to be licensed by or at least regulated by the bureaucracies that regulate Private Investigators. It's unfortunate but not surprising. Many blogs have been written about it; many people in the Digital Forensics field have complained about it. Nevada has a bill pending, AB 490, that "revises certain qualifications for the licensure of private investigators," so that applicants can include digital forensics experience in license applications. The PI licensing requirement issue is still being legislated in Texas. There are other states, almost weekly having discussions about doing the same thing. Thankfully, there are those states who see this as a silly thing to do and recognize that the benefits that they wish to attain

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