National Credential
Credential: CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
Credentialing Agency: CyberSecurity Institute

The CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) is an advanced level certification for individuals who have the ability to conduct a thorough forensic analysis using sound examination and handling procedures, and are able to communicate the results of their analysis effectively. The CSFA certification is designed for professionals who already possess practical experience in the field of digital forensics. A minimum of at least two years of experience with both the technical and administrative aspects of conducting forensic analysis is required. To become CSFA certified, applicants must pass a written and practical exam, and complete an FBI criminal background check.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35X Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI some          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI most          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

CyberSecurity Institute
14751 N. Kelsey St. Suite 105
PMB 162
Monroe, WA  98272-1353
Phone: (800) 726-1433
Fax: (800) 726-1433
Email: CSFA@csisite.net

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

Candidates should have at least two years of experience with both the technical and administrative aspects of conducting forensic analysis, to include creating the verbiage for subpoenas, motions, and affidavits, as well as experience creating comprehensive forensic analysis reports.

The CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must submit an FBI Criminal Background Check and a completed CSFA Certification Test Application and Agreement prior to taking the certification exam.

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

  • Active, archival and latent data
  • Affidavits, motions, and subpoenas
  • Compact Disc analysis
  • Conducting keyword boolean searches
  • Creating understandable and accurate reports
  • Creating forensically sound working copies or images of media
  • Documentation, chain of custody, and evidence handling procedures
  • FAT 16/32 file systems
  • File Headers and Footers
  • File slack, ram slack, drive slack, and unallocated space
  • Hashes and Checksums
  • Imaging handheld devices
  • Insurance/liability issues
  • Interpretation of various log formats
  • Interpreting Internet History and HTTP concepts
  • Manual and automated data recovery
  • Metadata for Microsoft Office and PDF documents
  • NTFS
  • Overcoming encryption mechanisms and password protection
  • PC hardware concepts
  • Privacy issues
  • Rules of evidence
  • TCP/IP concepts
  • Windows print spool files
  • Windows Prefetch
  • Windows registry
  • Windows shortcuts
  • Windows swap file
  • Windows Volume Shadow Copy
  • Working as an expert technical witness
  • During the hands-on portion of the exam, candidates will be given a scenario that includes processing a hard drive and may include other media such as a CD, DVD, or USB drive. Some scenarios include a cellular phone or other handheld device. The test candidate may be presented with a running computer to analyze, or will have the media/devices to be analyzed being delivered by courier.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates are required to attend a minimum of 80 class hours of digital forensics/information security training every two years, and conduct a minimum of four digital forensic examinations.

CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)

Additional considerations for the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) include:

  • Though not required, it is highly recommended that candidates have obtained one of the following certifications:

    • AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
    • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE)
    • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
    • EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE)
    • GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA)