IISFA Announces Vendor-Neutral Forensics Certification Test

Today I received an email from James A. Moore, International Vice Chairman (sounds impressive) of the International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA). The IISFA is the governing body for the Certified Information Forensics Investigator (CIFI) certification. I mentioned this organization and cert in June and November 2003.

Since I don't see any notice of this news on the IISFA Web site, here's the significant parts of Mr. Moore's email:

"I am very pleased to formally announce the final release date of the Certified Information Forensic Investigator examination through Thompson Prometric.

The exam will be available at over 2500 testing centers worldwide on April 18th, 2005. The exam fee will be $150 USD and registration for the exam will be completed through the Thompson Prometric website located at www.thompson.com. The exam will be 125 random questions with a minimum passing score of 70%. Results to the candidate will be immediate. The IISFA will receive monthly reports and certifications will be sent out on a monthly basis...


1) This test is open to anyone. However, only active members in good standing who pass the exam will be awarded the CIFI. CIFIs must maintain CEUs to keep their certification current.

2) The testing centers are not IISFA locations. Thompson Prometric is an independent testing entity.

3) All testing centers are proctored and required picture ID for candidate prior to taking the exam.

4) You may take the exam as many times as you wish, however the examination fee is $150 USD for each instance.

5) The exam is available worldwide in dozens of countries, however, the test is only in English as this time.

6) There are study suggestions on the IISFA website (www.iisfa.org) and several CIFI study guides in preparation by various IISFA members.

7) Currently there are approximately 100 CIFIs in the world that have taken the exam or grandfathered. There is still opportunity to be one of the very first CIFIs with a low badge number.

8) Badges are available by purchase from a third party. This vendor is not part of IISFA and all transactions are between the vendor and the purchaser. All certifications are verified by the vendor before they will complete the transaction and create your badge. Each badge will be stamped with your badge number.

9) James Moore (me) is not the Director of Certification. I am not the correct person to ask about your certification status (present grandfather applicants excluded), your badge status, how to study for the exam, and so on. You need to direct those inquires to the Director of Certification and Director of Education.

10) There is a committee who will maintain the exam question pool and will review it twice per year. All members will be under non-disclosure and must be CIFIs. If you wish to join that committee, contact the Director of Certification (Dione Hodges).

11) No, James Moore does not get residuals, funds, compensation, free trips, or thanks you for the exams from any party living or dead, real or imagined. All exam fees go to Thompson Prometric and the IISFA. However, donations to the James Moore Vacation fund are warmly welcomed (please send cash only).

This marks a new phase in the development of the CIFI as the leader in our field. I'm very proud to see this event come to pass. Thanks to all those who helped."

I support the CIFI because it is a vendor-neutral forensics certification with a Code of Ethics. The CISSP Code of Ethics is the only reason I support that certification. I took advantage of the IISFA's original grandfathering option in 2003 to acquire the CIFI. The GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA) requires candidates to adhere to its GIAC Code of Ethics. I attended the first SANS Forensics, Investigation, Response and Education (SANSFIRE) in 2001, the precursor to the GCFA, but never tested for any SANS certification.

For an in-depth discussion of the merits of forensics certification, consider reading Computer Forensics: The Need for Standardization and Certification (.pdf) by Matthew Meyers and Marc Rogers.


Anonymous said…
That's definitely interesting-sounding. The material may be prohibitive, but you can't really argue with the cost...

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