Resources for Starting in DFIR

Expert curated resources on how to get started in Digital Forensics and Incident Response.

The Godfather of Forensics: How to Leverage Your "Year One" to Get an Offer You Cannot Refuse

Watch Rob Lee, SANS Chief Curriculum Director & Faculty Lead, share his DFIR origin story.

Reflecting on 20 years in the industry, he discusses mistakes made, lessons learned, and advice to new professionals on how to go from their first job to their dream job.

3MinMax Beginners: Bite-Sized Videos to Get Up to Speed Quickly in Digital Forensics and Incident Response

This video series by SANS instructor and author Kevin Ripa offers snapshots into the industry so you can explore multiple topics within cyber security and DFIR.

Choose from 200 videos!

More DFIR Origin Stories

Watch the video as SANS DFIR Curriculum Lead Heather Mahalik walks you through her lessons learned and tips to help you along your journey into DFIR.

Read about how Kevin Ripa, SANS Senior Instructor, and 25-year digital investigation veteran, stumbled into cyber forensics by chance and how a career shift into DFIR can happen at any time.

What Students Say About Learning From Industry Experts

Read what SANS alumni say about learning from leading DFIR instructors, such as Rob Lee, Kevin Ripa, and Heather Mahalik.
Rob is awesome! I really enjoy how he throws in some real world encounters
Ryan Gabet
- Cisco Systems Inc.
I enjoy how Kevin provides students with real-world scenarios and experiences that relate to the material he is discussing.
Jeff Spurlock
- Nevada National Guard
OMG!!! Heather just showed me something that is going to completely change the way I do forensics.
Jeff Madsen
- WA State DSHS

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