Forensics. Isn't that CSI?

With cybercrime on the increase and breaches in security are getting larger and larger, the need for Digital Forensic investigators is on the rise and their role in tracking down criminals is becoming increasingly important.

So let's begin by finding out what Digital Forensics is, whether it's really like the forensics teams shown on TV and would it be a good option as a career.

What isn't mentioned in the video, is that there are as many digital forensic investigators working as consultants or for private firms as there are, employed by government agencies. These investigators will attempt to discover whether a crime has been committed before the police are called in.

Aims & Outcomes

By the end you should be able to:-


  1. Explain the digital forensics process
  2. Apply relevant techniques in acquiring data.
  3. Examine digital evidence
Digital Forensics

For each outcome, course participants should be able to:-

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Outcome 1

Explain the digital forensics process

  1. Explain the legal, professional and ethical issues in conducting a digital forensics examination.
  2. Explain the tools and techniques used in conducting a digital forensics examination.
  3. Explain the phases of the digital forensics process.
  4. Explain the importance in recording all actions.
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Outcome 2

Apply relevant techniques in acquiring data

  1. Identify forensically sound techniques used to acquire data.
  2. Select and use appropriate forensic tools to acquire data
  3. Preserve acquired data and record relevant actions.
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Outcome 3

Examine digital evidence

  1. Identify system specific information.
  2. Perform an analysis of evidence using software tools.
  3. Record the finding of the process.

Digital Forensics: What is it?


Digital Forensics is the preservation, identification, extraction, interpretation and documention of computer evidence that can be used in a court of law.

People who practice digital forensics are known as Computer Forensics Investigators or Forensic Analyst. They are specially tained professionals who mostly work with law enforement agencies, though they can work for private firms. Their main role is to gather information for digital devices and other storage media.

Digital Forensics
Tasks

We're starting a new section, so if you haven't already done so, create a new section in your OneNote notebook titled Digital Forensics.

Create the first page within the section called Digital Forensics Explained

  1. Read the article on 6 Skills Required for a Career In Digital Forensics
  2. In your notebook under a heading Skills Required make a list of the six skills.
  3. Make suitable notes for each skill explaining why the given skill is necessary.
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Can you now do?


  • Provide a definition to the term digital forensics
  • Give a list of at least 4 skills required for a Digital Forensics Expert.
  • Explain why each skills is necessary for success as Forensic analyst.

If you don't feel confident in meeting any of these performance criteria, ask your teacher or re-read the information again.

Cyber Security

  • Security Fundamentals
  • Data Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
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