• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

This course covers investigative methods and standards for the acquisition, extraction, preservation, analysis and deposition of digital evidence from storage devices. This course offers a wide array of forensics situations that are applicable to the real world. Students will learn how to find traces of illegal or illicit activities left on disk with computer forensics tools and manual techniques, and how to recover data intentionally hidden or encrypted by perpetrators.

Learning Objectives

The student will demonstrate an understanding of: 

  • Data Storage, Components of Common Storage Devices, Memory Management, and File System Organization
  • Forensics Investigative Process, Requirements, Documentation, and rules for collecting and acquiring evidence
  • Evidentiary reporting to include activities of expert witnesses, types of acceptable evidence, and the requirements of written and oral reports
  • Forensics issues pertaining to cloud computing, as well as mobile and gaming console devices.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Feedback

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