Forensic Computer Analyst

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What is a Forensic Computer Analyst

You could be assisting the police with a major investigation or recovering valuable stolen data on behalf of a client.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Investigating and reporting on data breaches and other hacking attempts
  • Recovering online and computer-based evidence for use in criminal trials
  • Understanding the latest cybercrime techniques and developing new counter-strategies in response

Getting in and Qualifications


Forensic Computer Analysts can develop their high-level technical skills through a number of different study routes.

Useful subjects can include:

  • Computer Science
  • Maths
  • Physics

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Relevant qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6 can secure an entry level role where it is then possible to learn from more experienced employees.

One example of such qualification is a Modern Apprenticeship in Information Security.

Many Forensic Computer Analysts also undertake study at degree level, choosing a traditional degree or Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security. Computing degrees of this kind will likely require National 5 qualifications and at least four Highers at BBBC or above.

Other relevant qualification subjects include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Forensics
  • Networks Security