I almost posted this in the certifications thread, but wanted to go a bit broader with it.
I'm wondering if anybody who's currently in the industry can give me some advice on possible courses of study for digital forensics.
Some background: My current job is actually as a librarian/archivist, but with a strongly technical bent. I worked in straight up IT for a good 10 years since about 1999, mostly including Higher Ed IT, before making the jump to the academic stream a few years back. In my current job, I oversee the curation and preservation of digital materials for the Ontario academic library consortium.
One growth area for us is in the restoration and recovery of materials that may have been born digital, but are in the process of imminently becoming inaccessible. This often includes files donated to a University by retiring profs or disbanding research groups, but can also include "historical" digital materials, or just sh*t that somebody found in the basement of their building. We in archives currently don't have much in the way of tools to deal with this stuff, and I'd like to change that. I'm trying to put together a program to build a competency center around recovering and dealing with this abandoned digital material, and I think I'd like to build my own competency in this area first.
I've looked briefly at a program offered by a local continuing ed dept here in town. However, it's all online so there's really no benefit to going with that one vs. a more well-respected one if they are both remote learning. Of course, as soon as you start Googling around for anything that's certification-worthy, you just get inundated with all kinds of crap. So, I'm wondering if anyone with a bit more current context can point me in the right direction.
Specifically, what are the best-in-breed certifications or schools of thought in the forensics field right now? In the certs thread, I've seen some talk of the CISSP, but that appears to have a strong component of security, which is OK but not really what I am looking for. Does anyone know of any other, less full-spectrum, certs out there?
The certification is not as important to me as the actual material, so I'd be interested in just courses as well.