Digital forensic science (formerly called “computer forensics”) is the science and practice of preserving, extracting and analyzing digital evidence to support formal legal actions. What does that mean? It means helping to put away criminals who use computers and other digital high tech to commit their crimes. This cutting-edge bachelor’s degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the growing fields of high-technology crime investigation and computer network defense.
About this course:
This course will benefit companies, organizations, individuals and government security agencies intent on pursuing any corrective action, litigation or proof of guilt based on digital evidence.
A case in point could be the termination of an employee for a violation that may involve a digital artifact to support the allegation. The investigator must furnish irrefutable burden of proof derived from the digital artifact. If not, then an attorney who is knowledgeable about Computer Forensics would have the case thrown out. Similarly, Government or investigative agencies need to be able to successfully prosecute or defend cases such as acts of fraud, computer misuse, illegal pornography or counterfeiting and so forth..
Computer Forensics was developed by U.S. federal law enforcement agents during the mid to late 1980s to meet the challenges of white-collar crimes being committed with the assistance of a PC. By 1985 enforcement agents were being trained in the automated environment and by 1989 software and protocols were beginning to emerge in the discipline.
The Certified Digital Forensics Examiner program is designed to train Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigators whereby students are taught electronic discovery and advanced investigation techniques. This course is essential to anyone encountering digital evidence while conducting an investigation.
Certified Digital Forensics Examiner graduates will obtain real world computer forensic knowledge that will help them recognize, seize, preserve and present digital evidence. Graduates will be able to confidently attempt the following professional computer forensic certifications:
Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE)
The Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) ® certification.
Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
The external Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certification.
• Legal Aspects and the Need for Digital Forensics
• Computer Hardware
• File Systems, Disks and Storage Media
• First Response Model
• Boot Process: Windows, Linux and Macintosh
• PDA Forensics
• Acquiring Digital Evidence
• Forensic Models and Protocols
• Forensics Software and Hardware
• Cryptography, Password Cracking and Steganography
• Lab Protocols
• Forensic Investigative Theory
• Processing Evidence
• Documenting and Reporting Digital Evidence
• Presentation of Digital Evidence
• Fraud and it Implications
• Evidence of Fraud – How do you find it?