The International Society of Computer Forensic Examiners is a private organization affiliated with Key Computer Service, LLC, dedicated to providing an internationally recognized, unblemished certification that is available to all who can qualify, for a reasonable cost.
The ISFCE continually conducts research and development into new and emerging technologies and methods in the science of computer forensics. This development is reflected in the certifications that are offered by the ISFCE.
The principal certification offered by the ISFCE is the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE). First awarded in 2003, this certification is the result of the ISFCE’s desire to increase the level of professionalism and further the field and science of computer forensics.
The foundation of this certification maintains a fair, uncompromised process for certifying the competency of forensic computer examiners and sets high forensic and ethical standards for forensic computer examiners.
This is an internationally recognized certification with over 700 certified individuals worldwide. Accessible to candidates worldwide, the CCE has become widely accepted as a prerequisite certification for forensic examiners, recognized by industry professionals and academic institutions alike.
The ISFCE began as a result of the efforts of Mr. John Mellon.
Mr. Mellon received early computer forensic training in 1991 by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He was an active member of IACIS and is a member of the Board of Directors. As a past chairman of the IACIS DOS Seizure Certification Committee, IACIS DOS/Windows Processing Certification Committee and CFCE certification committee he was actively involved with establishing forensic standards for law enforcement.
A lead instructor at IACIS training conferences and involved in the training of hundreds of law enforcement officers since 1994, Mr. Mellon developed and implemented the IACIS Forensic Examination Standards, the IACIS Code of Ethics, the advanced Windows Processing Certification and the initial IACIS Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) problems. These problems must be completed to attain the CFCE certification from IACIS.
After completing his work with IACIS, Mr. Mellon founded the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE). With unparalleled experience in computer forensic education and certification and a clear vision of unmatched ethical standards, Mr. Mellon set out to create a certification process that fulfilled this vision and made computer forensic certification available to all who qualify. That vision came to fruition in 2003, when the first CCE certification was awarded.
Since 2003, the organization and certification has remained current in the forensic industry without compromising the foundation built upon the vision of Mr. Mellon. The ISFCE continues to serve its certified community and positively influence the world of computer forensics.