Advice for DFIR Job Seekers

Look at the job postings you’re interested in to get a feel for the job requirements (certifications, prior experience, etc) and start working toward them. LinkedIn, Dice, Glassdoor, and Ninja Jobs are some suggestions.

Tailor your resume for the type position you want, and put your resume on job sites like the ones listed above so recruiters can see it. This is how I’ve found most of my jobs, including the DFIR position.

Build a home lab to become familiar with DFIR tools. It can be as simple as using VirtualBox or VMware on a computer along with DFIR related Linux distros. For more information, and links to home lab resources, check out The Evolution of My Home Lab: From Break-Fix to Forensics and How to Incorporate Home Lab Experience Into Your Resume.

It helps to learn a programming language. Python is used a lot in DFIR.

Join the Digital Forensics Discord Server. This is a great place to meet others in the field, learn, and ask questions. See: A Beginners Guide to the Digital Forensics Discord Server

If you’re not on Twitter, get on Twitter. There’s a large DFIR community on Twitter and an even larger Cybersecurity/Infosec community. Check out the Women of DFIR and the Men of DFIR for who to follow. You can also ask questions on Twitter. Many people are willing to jump in and offer advice.

Attend security events in your area such as BSides. Try to see if there are any local Cybersecurity meetups.

Start a blog. Even if you don’t have experience, you can document what you’re doing and learning in a blog.

Never stop learning. Check out the Free Training list. A lot of it is what I’ve needed to learn as an Incident Response Analyst. As I come across new things I don’t know, I look for free training and add it to the list.

I also recommend watching the webcasts and reading the blog posts and articles below: