Introduction to Digital Forensics Training

This Introduction to Digital Forensics Training course addresses technical IT staff who mostly work as administrators and auditors without routine duties related to forensic analysis. The Introduction to Digital Forensics course is also open to forensics trainers such as lecturers and tutors whose duties include forensics training. Experienced digital forensic staff may benefit from a more advanced course. The Introduction to Digital Forensics Training course covers the broad topics essential to the digital forensics disciplines. It sets out a framework for investigations, covering the best practice as described by The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) formally ACPO guidelines. Forensic fundamentals will be covered as well as the use of open source forensic tools. The data will be then analysed and an example report produced.

Participants to this Introduction to Digital Forensics Training course learn about the methods to identify, preserve, analysis and report on digital artefacts. Using a mixed approach of fundamentals and open source software, delegates will be able to select suitable tools and report on their findings in an evidential way.

Introduction to Digital Forensics TrainingDuration: 3 days

  • We can adapt this Introduction to Digital Forensics Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Introduction to Digital Forensics course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Introduction to Digital Forensics Course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Introduction to Digital Forensics course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Introduction to Digital Forensics course:

  • The course audience includes all teams across the IT, Security, Internal Audit, Law Enforcement and Government.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Introduction to Digital Forensics course are:

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Introduction to Digital Forensics Training - OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this Introduction to Digital Forensics course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • The purpose, benefits, and key terms of digital forensics.
  • Describe and adhere to the principles of the forensic framework
  • Understand the importance of the chain of custody
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of key locations in different operating systems
  • Identify how different file systems represent files and how they deal with deletion etc.
  • Understand where timestamps and other meta data comes from
  • Have knowledge of the legal framework in which they operate, and the expected level of ethical behaviour expected.
  • Reporting and 5x5x5 procedures.
Introduction to Digital Forensics Training - COURSE SYLLABUS

Module 1: Intro to Digital forensic

  • Describe what digital forensics is
  • Identify which crimes use computer, cyber crime/ cyber enabled crime
  • What skills should a computer forensic expert have?
  • Introduce the forensic framework,
  • Collection
  • Examination
  • Analysis
  • Reporting
  • Extended Framework: Collection authority and legislation for digital evidence

Module 2: Forensic fundamentals

  • What is data and how is it represented in a computer?
  • Create a .txt and examine in a hex editor
  • Discuss number systems Binary and Hex
  • Look at different files, compare a word document with the same text as the .txt file from a)
  • What is a digital device and how do we collect its data?
  • Memory capture -brief at this stage
  • Look at Hard drives
  • What does a hard drive look like? (inc flash)
  • History CHS and LBA addressing
  • Use of encryption on equipment and how that effects the investigation

Module 3: Framework: Collection

  • Crime scene management
  • Recording the scene and documenting your actions
  • To switch off or not: discuss the issue and create a first responders flow chart
  • Safe removal of hard drives
  • Other media, ‘pen’ drives, optical media and other removables
  • Cloud based data
  • Mobile in brief on the air wiping

Module 4: Examination 1: Data acquisition and preserving evidence for court

  • Write blocking and disk imaging
  • Alternative methods of disk imaging
  • Principles of hashing

Module 5: Examination 2: File system Analysis

  • Demonstrate tools to mount the image
  • Describe how to identify and examine the file system
  • Look how different file system represent data on disk
  • Overview of FAT and NTFS
  • Look at the way deleted files are handled
  • Describe how to identify Operating systems
  • Look at default locations for user data
  • Overview of the windows registry and useful locations for data

Module 6: Analysis

  • Levels of persistence and what it means evidently e.g ‘live’; ‘deleted’, ‘over-written’
  • Time lines
  • Putting the suspect ‘in front of the keyboard’

Module 7: Reporting forensic findings and digital intelligence

  • Understanding the scope of the investigation
  • Tone and style backing up the substance
  • An understanding of ‘true’ and how information can be presented in a neutral way
  • Overview of digital intelligence including open source

Module 8: Legal framework

  • Identify what authority the investigation is being performed
  • Understand the bounds of the investigation as defined in the scope

Module 9: Mobile Forensics: introduction

  • Handling of mobile devices to preserve data
  • Physical and logical analysis of mobile devices

Module 10: E-discovery: introduction

  • What is E-discovery?
  • Review of E-discovery tools and techniques.
Introduction to Digital Forensics Training Course Wrap-Up

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