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What Is Digital Forensics?

As cyber attacks and massive data leaks continue to dominate headlines, it raises the question: How do security professionals learn from these incidents to prevent attacks in the future?

Forensics analysts and criminologists investigate how, where, and why criminal behavior happens, which helps us learn to prevent crime in the future. Similarly, digital forensic analysts learn from cyber attacks and data leaks to understand the vulnerabilities and exploits that endanger our increasingly digital lives.

Digital forensics is the process that security professionals use to extract, preserve, and learn from electronic evidence. Whether to help in an investigation or to prevent crime in the future, digital forensic analysts play an essential role in advancing the field of cybersecurity.

Learn more about the field of digital forensics with the infographic below, created for the Maryville University Cybersecurity Program.