One of the more important parts of being a digital crime investigator is how you mentally and practically handles the investigation process. Although there are no set international standard for how to operate, there are certain guidelines that could function as a “code of conduct”. And this is what the course Forensics Practice and Procedure is mostly all about.

Although we had an introduction into information security last year, I expect this course to go deeper into the practical sides of being an investigator. As our professor mentioned, the investigation process goes through different stages – from the crime scene to presenting the findings in court.

But developing the right mindset and the ability to perform a good investigation relies on your skills and knowledge. We were therefore asked to compile a list of the skills and knowledges we believe to important to a crime investigator.

I believe the following list is important:

  • Technical – you need a set of technical skills that ensures you are able to understand what you are looking for.
  • Methodical – your routine should be methodical so that you always ensure to get what you need.
  • Creative – thinking outside the box are sometimes necessary to imagine where crucial additional evidence might be located.
  • Persistent – when not finding what you need, you should be persistent and not give up until every stone is unturned.
  • Durable – being able to handle long hours and stressful environments is key.
  • Tentative – handling a crime scene demands a careful approach to ensure evidence quality.
  • Ethical – the value and credibility of the evidence are also relient on the manner in which it was produced.

I think these values and qualities will set the ground for a good practice and procedure that leads to a successful investigation process. For further advancement of this list I will be publishing new resources in line with these values throughout the year. Please visit my Resources section in the menu for this.