By Dennis Rivera

Members of the relatively new cyber forensics club have great ambitions for their club’s future. According to Lanette Thompson, the first agenda of the club is to “promote digital forensics as a career opportunity.” Another goal the club members have is to become affiliated with an international organization such as High Tech Crime International Association (HTCIA), according to Thompson. Despite being a fairly new club, the members are determined to accomplish what they set out to do.

The purpose of the club is to help students network while they earn certifications to progress in the field of digital forensics. LCCC offers a certification program in digital forensics, and many students in the program realized what a useful resource they were to each other. Club members can exchange information, ideas and techniques with each other to help everyone achieve their goals.

With cyber crime rising, more people are becoming the victims of identity theft, cyber fraud and scams.

When cyber crimes are committed, the criminal may leave behind a trail, like cyber fingerprints. Even after the files are deleted, it may be possible to retrieve them. A cyber forensics expert steps in, focusing on retrieving lost data from cell phones, laptops, USB drives and other devices, even if the original files had been deleted. Think of them as ‘tech investigators’ gathering digital fingerprints to help catch the cyber criminals.