Learning Path

Digital Forensics Concepts

Learn the theories and skills used by professional digital forensic examiners.

What you will learn

In the Digital Forensics Concepts path, the student will learn about legal considerations applicable to computer forensics and how to identify, collect and preserve digital evidence. This path dives into the scientific principles relating to digital forensics and gives the student a close look at on-scene triaging, keyword lists, grep, file hashing, report writing and the profession of digital forensic examination.

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Introduction to Digital Forensics

Course — 01:03:40

K0001, K0004, K0017, K0060, K0304, S0131

An introduction to computer forensics, methodologies and tools.

Legal considerations and search authority

Course — 00:39:00

K0003, K0017, K0123, K0125, K0155, K0156, K0168, K0304, S0047, S0133

In this course, you’ll explore the laws that apply to digital forensics.

The investigative process

Course — 00:16:20

K0005, K0017, K0078, K0118, K0119, K0122, K0132, K0133, K0134, K0304, S0032, S0047, S0069, S0091, S0133

An introduction to the scientific principles of digital forensics.

Recognizing and collecting digital evidence

Course — 00:27:50

K0001, K0004, K0005, K0122, K0125, K0128, K0131, K0132, K0133, K0145, K0182, S0065, S0068, S0071, S0075, S0090, S0091

Prepare for the practical side of forensic examinations with this course on physical evidence handling.

Preservation of evidence/On scene triage

Course — 00:27:45

K0002, K0004, K0042, K0060, K0070, K0078, K0109, K0117, K0179, K0183, K0186, K0187, K0188, K0254, K0301, K0372, K0573, S0062, S0067, S0069, S0074, S0087, S0091, S0131, S0156, S0266

Explore the details of digital device triage.

Hash values and file hashing

Course — 00:20:17

K0070, K0117, K0187, K0277, K0396, S0089, S0298

A look at hash values and hash algorithms.

Creating a disk image

Course — 01:01:45

K0017, K0070, K0118, K0119, K0128, K0132, K0182, K0185, K0187, K0372, K0573, S0047, S0065, S0071, S0075, S0091

In this course, you’ll explore the importance of creating a disk image.

Key word and grep searches

Course — 00:33:29

K0070, K0131, K0185, K0535, S0011, S0195, S0220

Explore the details of keyword and grep searches.

Network basics

Course — 00:25:46

K0001, K0004, K0034, K0058, K0106, K0179, K0221, K0332, K0393, K0471, K0489, K0565, S0187, S0236

A look at network basics for the computer forensics investigator.

Reporting and peer review

Course — 00:28:39

K0315, K0354, K0451, S0003

A look at the importance of reporting and peer review.

Digital Forensics Project

Course — 02:38:22

K0005, K0017, K0118, K0128, K0133, K0134, K0182, K0187, K0304, S0047, S0065, S0071

Practice your digital forensics knowledge with this project.

Digital Forensics Concepts Skill Assessment

Assessment — 29 questions — 00:14:30

Meet the author

In addition to being an Infosec instructor, Denise Duffy teaches computer forensics worldwide to European law enforcement through the European Anti-Fraud Office. During her 25-year career at the Middletown Police Department, Denise underwent extensive training in specialized computer and mobile device forensics, including widespread access data courses, multiple IACIS trainings, U.S. Secret Service Training at the National Computer Forensics Institute, BlackBag Technologies Training, many National White Collar Crime (NW3C) courses, an X-Ways online course and considerable Internet Crimes Against Children Training (ICAC) courses.

Denise currently holds the following certifications: CFCE (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner), CCFE (Certified Computer Forensics Examiner), CMFE (Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). She is most proud of her two sons who joined the U.S. Military, as Denise is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran herself.

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