Many of you have probably heard of the popular security certification, the Certified Ethical Hacker. But not as many people know what to do after one obtains this certification. CEH certification will lead individuals to better job opportunities and salaries, but is limiting in what a certified worker can do.
This is why the EC-Council also offers training for Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator certification. The CHFI certification course is meant to be taken after successful completion of the CEH course. This is because it focuses on several similar techniques and general areas of study. It also ensures that the person has two years of security experience.
The CHFI course differs from CEH training in several ways, however. CHFI certification trains individuals to follow the technological footprints of hackers and penetrators of a network, while CEH certified individuals only learn methods in which to penetrate a network in a safe and ethical manner. CEH certificate holders provide a more preemptive answer to hackers, while individuals with CHFI certification can actually follow a hacker and provide evidence to lead to prosecution. CHFI training is geared more towards law enforcement and governmental defense workers, although IT managers, system administrators and security professionals will still have use for this certification.
Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator certification is a branch off of the main EC-Council training courses. Generally, a CEH certified person interested in further certification will go on to become a Licensed Penetration Tester and possibly an EC-Council Certified Security Analyst. All of these courses prepare students to assess the security risks of networks and potentially fix any of those issues. CHFI training is a deviance from this normal path that focuses on detecting hacking attacks and recording evidence to turn over to the proper authorities.
CHFI certification provides individuals with a number of job opportunities. Computer forensics is a fascinating field, and provides a change of pace from some of the more normal technology work. People can actually track a real person (or a bot set up by somebody), and collect evidence to warrant a legal case. Workers can see real-life results in the form of legal action, as opposed to securing a network, where you never actually know if your work is actually preventing a hack.