​Hacks of high-profile corporations like Sony Computer Enterainment, Yahoo, and eBay show us that no corporation is too big to target, and the regular proliferation of malware and ransomware shows us that nobody is too private to victimize.

If overcoming challenges helps us learn to adapt, it might come as no surprise that cybersecurity has been one of the fastest growing and evolving security industries in the past decade. Unending headlines about data breaches, leaks, and DDOS attacks serve as daily reminders that cybersecurity must continuously evolve in the face of the increasingly advanced techniques of cyber criminals.

This is where digital forensics come in.  Digital forensics, or the process by which we preserve and analyze electronic evidence, has become an increasingly central part of criminal investigations as our lives become increasingly digital. The overall profession of forensic science is predicted to grow 27% by 2024, largely due to the rapidly growing need for professionals with a background in cybersecurity to conduct digital investigations.

Digital forensics investigators are at the fore exploring weaknesses and security exploits to learn how cyber crime happens — and perhaps more importantly, how it can be prevented in the future. For more information about digital forensics, check out the infographic below produced by Maryville Online.