Biometrics, Forensic Computing Computer Security and Cryptography Careers



Computer security is a fast developing area within Forensic Services. The work involves close contact with lawyers, commercial organisations and investigation agencies. Issues may involve fraud, child pornography, terrorism and ID theft.

Both mathematicians and computer scientists are recruited. There is a good market for penetration testing skills in finance, e-commerce and national security organisations.

Organisations involved include:

Where are the jobs?


Cryptography (also called cryptology) is the practice of hiding information.

Cryptography is used in:

The following types of employers recruit cryptographers:

Further information on cryptography

What is biometrics?brain test

Biometrics is the science of identifying humans based on a fingerprint, voice pattern, retinal scan or other bodily characteristics. Devices that use biometrics include fingerprint readers, voice pattern recognition, facial recognition and retinal pattern identification systems.

Identity fraud is rapidly increasing, driving forward the biometrics industry. Biometrics identification is inherently more secure than passwords and other identification methods: your password could be hacked, or your credit card stolen, but biometrics allows the system to know with certainty who is using it. Fingerprints have a long standing link with identity protection and are seen as a reliable way of identifying individuals. People are adding biometric readers to computers and theft-prone mobile devices to provide quick and easy system access.

Biometrics is most used in the field of security, to produce effective security networks and is becoming mainstream, proving itself as a convenient and secure method of user identification. It is likely to be a high growth area with a range of well paid new jobs.

Who employs biometricians?

The consumer market has the most potential.

What jobs are available for biometricians?

Biometrics involves many different technologies from optics to algorithms so jobs are available to grads in many IT fields including:

The problem with the Internet is that you cannot always rely on it being accurate.

Winston Churchill 1945





Data security companies

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Postgraduate Courses


See also our Forensic Science Careers page

and Intelligence Careers page

Last fully updated 2015