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Cybersecurity has become one of the driving narratives of the 21st century. In recent years, cybercriminals have shut down critical national infrastructure, interfered with presidential elections, and held both companies and institutions for ransom.

The criminal justice system in America is the overarching establishment through which crimes and those who commit them are discovered, tried, and punished. A criminalist is not involved in determining the guilt or innocence of an accused individual. Their job, rather, is to present an objective analysis of the evidence.

Both science and justice are, in essence, the pursuit of truth. Perhaps nowhere do those two areas come together more directly than in forensic science. A critical element of the justice system, forensic scientists examine and analyze evidence in order to assist in investigations that ultimately may end up in court.

In 1972, the outcome of Furman vs Georgia put a nationwide moratorium on the practice of capital punishment in the United States. Three years later, however, Gregg vs Georgia gave states the right to reinstate the death penalty upon fulfillment of certain conditions. In the 46 years since that ruling, a number of cases have challenged the use of capital punishment, but it has been upheld by the Supreme Court allowing for the execution of over 1,500 people since 1976.

Learn more about the career outlook for forensic document examiners, as well as who is hiring and where. Understand how to become a handwriting analyst and forensic document examiner.

Crime scene investigators and forensic scientists are both concerned with deriving information from evidence in order to discover the truth and determine the appropriate course of action. While complementary, the two roles are distinct. Learn more about the similarities and differences between them.

There are many different ways to measure the size of a cybersecurity hack, such as money, impact, or reach. Below you’ll find five cybersecurity hacks that are so big, in one way or another, that they changed the world.

Whether going out on a date, traveling through a foreign country, or interrogating a suspect in a crime, forensic psychology offers a wealth of tools to help decode people’s nonverbal behavior. These cues include gestures, vocal tones, body positioning, micro-expressions of the face, and a number of often subconscious indicators of people’s internal states.