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Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques



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Digital forensics is the practice of recovering and investigating information found in digital devices. In addition to gaining experience in both a Windows and Linux investigative workstation, this training course provides you with the skills equal to an entry-level digital forensic examiner to acquire, analyze, and report information — with exposure to advanced topics, such as live system and mobile forensics.

You Will Learn How To

  • Perform the essential duties of a forensic examiner
  • Prepare for and execute digital forensic investigations on Windows-based systems
  • Apply forensic methodologies to preserve, acquire, extract, and analyze information of investigative importance
  • Identify and analyze key Windows artifacts of investigative importance

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Course Outline

  • What is Digital Forensics?

Defining digital forensics

  • Articulating the importance of Locard's Principle
  • Contextualizing digital forensics within incident response

Explaining the role of digital forensics in investigations

  • Criminal, civil and intelligence/anti-terrorism investigations
  • Applying the scientific method to investigations

Articulating the role of a digital forensic examiner

  • Maintaining objectivity within investigations
  • Ensuring confidentiality and integrity
  • Evaluating the Legal Landscape

Exploring legal considerations of digital forensics

  • Respecting privacy rights and expectations
  • Addressing and reporting illegal information

Defining and applying privacy principles

  • Outlining the twelve privacy principles
  • Addressing the duty to preserve in eDiscovery
  • Computing Fundamentals, Memory and Storage

Examining the core operational principles of a computer

  • Inspecting hard drive storage and architecture
  • Reviewing the operations of computer memory

Identifying multiple locations of digital evidence within a computer system

  • Investigating alternate data streams
  • Uncovering hidden data with Steganography
  • Configuring the Forensics Lab and Workstation

Determining lab requirements

  • Key components of a digital forensics lab
  • Conducting tool validation

Preparing and configuring a forensic workstation

  • Demonstrating appropriate use of a hardware write-blocker
  • Exploring key features of commercial and open source forensic software (e.g., EnCase, FTK, DD)

Image acquisition

  • Creating bit-for-bit copies of digital evidence
  • Mounting and searching images
  • Handling and Collecting Evidence

Documenting the physical and digital crime scene

  • Conducting crime scene photography
  • Executing triage techniques and methodologies

Managing the chain of custody

  • Bagging and tagging physical evidence
  • Documenting and demonstrating evidence continuity
  • Analyzing and Investigating Evidence

Identifying key Windows artifacts

  • Recovering and searching the Windows registry
  • Hibernation files, event logs, prefetch, shellbag and lnk files
  • Password hash extraction and cracking

Performing keyword searching, bookmarking and timeline analysis

  • Developing strategies for effective keyword searching
  • Reconstructing the order of events with timeline analysis

Conducting e-mail, web browser and USB investigations

  • Extracting and recovering deleted data from slack space
  • Tracking user activity and addressing Trojan Defense
  • Performing Mobile Forensics

Safely handling mobile devices during investigations

  • Examining the use of Faraday bags
  • Demonstrating the use of mobile cables and write-blockers

Preserving and acquiring evidence from mobile devices

  • Investigating evidence located within the address book, calendar, mail, apps and SMS
  • Recovering data from SIM cards
  • Conducting Live Memory Forensics

Performing live memory acquisitions

  • Demonstrating the investigative value of live memory analysis on running systems
  • Utilizing open-source tools to capture and extract live memory

Analyzing memory dumps for investigative information

  • Determining running processes, active network connections and recent commands
  • Identifying hidden processes and Malware
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