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IACIS CFCE vote passes

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IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:26 am

As has been mentioned here earlier by others, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) has been considering whether to open up the Certified Forensics Computer Examiner (CFCE) to the public (subject to some conditions such as a background check). This afternoon, the Secretary of IACIS announced that the plebiscite of the membership on this issue has passed and been ratified by the board of directors.

Here is in basic terms what's happened to this point, and what the future holds. There has been a discussion for a while in the certification side of IACIS about opening up the certification only to the general public. In order for this to happen, IACIS has to change some of its policies, and possibly a bylaw. The board after consulting with the membership put the issue to a vote, and the vote just passed. To be clear, IACIS has not voted to open up their training or membership outside their current membership requirements at this point.

So there's still some work to be done in finalising the new policies before the general public will be able to apply to undertake the CFCE process, but it will be happening. It's possible that it may be done in time for the next cycle, which starts in January, but I don't know.

If you've been wanting to test yourself against what many of us believe is the toughest cert in the field, or you really want a solid peer review (which is part of the process) then you'll soon have your opportunity. If you're not aware, the CFCE process consists of 4 media examinations (one of which is a full hard drive), a "wild card" problem and a lengthy written examination. There's a strong focus on core skills, such that automated tools are banned for the first few problems. Manually recovering files with a hex editor... yummy!

I've been on the pro side of this discussion for a long time and I'm really happy that the board and the membership agreed. I'm also glad that now you all (subject to meeting the requirements) can test yourself against essentially the same process that I did (albeit, I took it under the old "external" system, which was the hard mode and no longer exists).

(Disclaimer: I hold a committee position with IACIS, however I am making this post as a private member, and not in any official capacity.)
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Tony Patrick, B. Inf Tech, CFCE
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Patrick4n6
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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:44 am

This is really exciting news! Thanks for the update Tony.

I do wonder what this means for the CCE.  

douglasbrush
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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:01 pm

This is indeed awesome!

Now for the ... cost...  

jhup
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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:38 pm

Very nice information. Thank you all who voted for this. I'm former LEO, but been out several years, and this is good news for being able to join and grow my skills and for everyone else with the same desire.
Ryan  

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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:42 pm

Gugnheim, there hasn't been a change to the IACIS membership policies. If you're an ex-LEO and you wanted to join, you'd have to apply for associate membership (as I understand it). That hasn't changed.

What's happening is that you won't need to meet the current requirement to be an IACIS member, or an active LEO/Govt/Contractor to take the certification.
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Tony Patrick, B. Inf Tech, CFCE
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Patrick4n6
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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:24 pm

My bad! Thanks for clearing up the case for me. Reading: It's not just a job....
Ryan  

gugnheim
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Re: IACIS CFCE vote passes

Post Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:04 pm

- douglasbrush


I do wonder what this means for the CCE.



This should be interesting to see. I am interested to see how difficult the IACIS practicals are in comparison as well. From the description given by Patrick4n6, it looks like it may be more challenging, but in a good way.  

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