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What does a cyber crime investigator actually do?

Is it boring?

Do ya´ll just catch pedofiles all day or is there something more?

Is it a fufilling career?

Can dumb people be good in this feild?

Do you need to have a strong mentallity or stomatch to do this job?

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Jodi’s Answer

Hi Freddie,

Cyber Security is a wide area of "Cyber Protection" not just limited to criminal justice. For example, I am in the finance and banking industry, where I am one of the first lines of defense in cyber protection, and often the first investigator in to a person's application for a loan. It is up to me to investigate if the person is who they say, make sure the income documents and ID card are correct and not fraudulent, and sometimes I get to catch the people who have stolen another person's identity in a lie to proves my hint is correct.

Most people think along the same lines as you are, that Cyber Security is limited to just criminals targeting children, however Thankfully for the advancing tech and virtual anything that we are lucky to have, we also need Cyber security in every aspect possible. If you are on the internet, in any way possible, you need those in place. While researching these career links Ruben provided, try also searching "cyber crimes that require cyber security" to broaden the different investigative roles within this career field. Most of them do not involve having a "strong stomach." Those crimes, are usually left to actual Vetted Police personnel and Detectives assigned in local, state, and federal positions and not often call "Cyber Security Investigators"

Jodi recommends the following next steps:

https://www.sans.org/cybersecurity-careers/20-coolest-cyber-security-careers/
https://www.gmercyu.edu/academics/learn/computer-forensics-career-guide
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Ruben’s Answer

Hello All,

Freddie, the cyber security field differs in so many ways. Any company that owns computers should have some type of Cyber Security assistance. Positions vary in responsibility, so there is room for all levels. Some positions will be boring, but it all depends on your passions and desire. It is a very rewarding career, but it requires much from you.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

Ruben

Ruben recommends the following next steps:

https://www.comptia.org/
https://onlinedegrees.unr.edu/blog/cybersecurity-careers/
Thank you comment icon really interesting Alessia
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Edmond’s Answer

The job pretty much includes everything that a "criminal investigator" does all day, except these involve an element of "computer technology". Like any other profession, you can specialize in a narrow field, e.g., financial cyber crime, human trafficking, etc. or be a generalist and handle whatever comes your way. Like any other profession, it's up to you to make a meaningful career out of it.

In addition to having good computer/technology skills, knowledge of criminal justice is a must. Biggest government employers are FBI, USSS, DOJ, CISA, DHS, and ICE to name a few. You could also find a career in the private sector, e.g. a law firm.



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