Case Study

Jonathan Smith

The real-world, hands-on experience Jonathan gained while studying for his Computer Forensics degree at the University of Sunderland had a massive impact on both his choice of career, and his desirability to potential employers. Now Jonathan works for SYTECH, the UK’s largest private digital forensics company.

Studying at Sunderland was a really enriching experience that enabled me to start my career. Throughout my degree, we had guest lectures by police and ex-police staff.

That was really inspirational. I saw how relevant and useful the content I was studying at University was. It gave me a real insight into what career options could be available to me after graduation.

Now, I work closely with police forces and private clients on the huge amount of digital evidence seized every day. I analyse all kinds of digital evidence – basically anything that has the capability to store digital data. This includes phones, laptops, computers, tablets and other devices such as sat navs.

As storage capabilities in digital devices increases, the need for forensic analysts will continue to rise too. There are job opportunities in digital forensics all over the world.”

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