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Digital Evidence Class Descriptions

(Not all classes run every semester)

Advanced Mobile Phone Forensics - FRN 7895 (24 hours)

This 24-hour training course will equip investigators, detectives and law enforcement personnel with new concepts regarding mobile devices which will include smart phones, iPADS and Apple products. With over 45 million smart phones in the US, law enforcement must keep up with this technology to provide detailed and professional investigations. This course is a must for those interested in GPS and Geo tagging technology as it relates to investigative success. The introduction to Apple Products will enhance the investigators expertise.  Students will spend time with practical exercises using Cellebrite Units to analyze various smart phones and iPADS. They are encouraged to bring their own phones or active cases where mobile devices are involved. There will be a mobile phone overview so no prerequisites or prior experience is required.

Instructor:  Chris McNeil, Detective CMPD

Advanced Computer Forensics - FRN 7873 (16 Hours)
Prerequisite: Intermediate Computer Forensics

This course builds on the proficiency of forensic examiners. More focus will be given to more difficult practical exercises where the student will forensically search for emails, internet history and use advanced searches using forensic software. Our Intermediate computer forensic course is a pre-requisite unless the student is already an experienced forensic examiner. This course is designed to make forensic examiners find more difficult files and data while improving their current skills. Students will produce reports for court testimony that will describe deleted disk space and other technical strategy used to enhance their testimony. Chain of custody forms and varied presentations to prosecutors will enhance the examiners skill. Live scenarios will be used to learn more difficult techniques in finding important evidence in a timely matter. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Recognize and evaluate more difficult forensic searches. Build their expertise in all areas of examinations so they are able to improve reports and testimony and overall knowledge of forensic exams.
Instructor: Steve Rose
Apple iOS Forensics - FRN 7899 (16 hours)
This traditional class covers the operation of products using iOS including iPhones, iPads and iPods. This course will cover how data is stored, deleted, recovered and extracted on various types of devices. Forensic software (Lantern) will be used and students will get to participate in hands-on exercises using state-of-the-art machines to find erased information.
Instructor: Sean Morrissey

Cell Phone Forensics - FRN 7865 (16 hours)
This vendor neutral training will introduce the student to the dominant cell phone technologies currently used throughout the U.S. and overseas - GSM and CDMA/TDMA. Upon acquiring a basic understanding of the various systems and their functions, the student will then be introduced to the various data fields contained on handsets (CDMA/TDMA/GSM) and SIM cards (GSM only).  An explanation of how the various data fields can be recovered and the importance of these fields to the examiner will be covered. Upon acquiring a basic understanding of the various systems and their functions, the student will then be introduced to the various data fields contained on handsets (CDMA/TDMA/GSM) and SIM cards (GSM only).  An explanation of how the various data fields can be recovered and the importance of these fields to the examiner is also covered. Hands on practical exercises with our software and equipment will provide the student with experience on extracting data from cell phones.
Instructor: Chris McNeil

Cell Phone Investigations and Electronic Evidence - FRN 7885- (24 Hours)
This Online course will introduce the student to the basics for cell phone investigations while covering the electronic evidence that is found on handheld devices along with the complicated legal issues surrounding cell phones today.  The course will cover evidence, background data for the various types of phones like CDMA and GSM, cell phone seizures and what issues to be aware of like SIM cards, airplane mode, PINs and PUK numbers. We will cover searches justified by exigent circumstances and incidents where it is not covered. Automobile exceptions, search incident to arrest and search warrant issues will also be discussed. This 24 hour online course is a must for patrol officers, investigators and detectives interested in improving their cell phone investigative knowledge.

Computer Crimes Against Children (Undercover Investigation)
FRN 7867 (24 Hours)
This course focuses on child exploitation issues and the Internet. Students will learn how to capture evidence of online abuse of children. The course covers technical investigative procedures that are used to capture online child predators. Practical experience in class includes the use of free tools and the Internet; in addition, students will also learn how to establish investigative units online. Child exploitation laws, evidence and search warrant issues will also be covered.
Instructor: TBA

Detecting Criminal/Terrorist Use of Technology - FRN 7890 (24 Hours)
Enrollment in this class is limited to active, sworn Law Enforcement officers only.
Prerequisite: Students must have basic, user-level experience with a Windows-based computer along with the ability to retrieve information from the Internet.
Military operations around the world specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan have severely affected Al Qaida’s ability to prepare its forces in its traditional training camps. Additionally, the availability of low-cost technology has impacted the manner in which terrorists function -- they now operate in a high-tech world of ubiquitous connectivity, instant communication, anonymous financial transaction, and precision geo-location. Local law enforcement may only observe a single “dot” that when connected to others, paints a complete picture. This course is designed to improve officer awareness concerning current technology used by terrorist operators. Topics include; Definitions, Everyday Encounters, What to Look For, GPS devices, Terrorist Uses of Computers and The Internet.  We will review the terrorist attack on Mumbai, India and students will participate in a team project.
Students will be equipped with knowledge which will allow them to recognize the tools of the trade relating to terrorists’ use of technology. Using this knowledge will improve early detection and recognition of terrorist activities which is paramount to the interdiction of future attacks.
Instructor: TBA

Digital Evidence Courtroom Testimony - FRN 7861 (16 Hours)
This course provides an assessment of what to expect in the courtroom when a digital evidence case is involved, as well as the requirements for delivering expert testimony. It covers the current status of forensic digital evidence from both the scientific and legal perspectives in both criminal and civil cases. Students will see a mock trial for both types of cases, including an expert witness providing testimony for digital evidence. Students will also see the process of qualifying an expert in court by prosecution and defense. During the case mock trials, students will receive the opportunity to role play in qualifying the expert by asking questions that can open discussions about what to anticipate in the courtroom. Students will learn to identify and have an opportunity to discuss prospective issues and their potential resolutions regarding digital evidence investigation, examination, laboratory accreditation, and use at trial.
Instructors: Various Assistant US Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys

Digital Evidence Expertise in the Courtroom - FRN 7878 (16 Hours)
This Online course provides an assessment of what to expect in the courtroom when a digital evidence case is involved, as well as the requirements for delivering expert testimony. It covers the current status of forensic digital evidence from both the scientific and legal perspectives in both criminal and civil cases. Students will see suggestions from prosecutors on testimony relating to digital evidence. Students will also see the process of qualifying an expert in court by prosecution and defense. You will see breakdowns, explanations and easy charts explaining the different media and binary terms. This course will prepare all law enforcement officers with a good basic understanding of digital evidence expertise including digital media terms, computer forensic terms and general strategy for good testimony involving computers and other digital media.
Instructor: TBA

Financial Terrorism - FRN 7863 (16 Hours)
This course covers financial crimes, their relationship to terrorism and the resulting digital evidence that is created. Students will learn how terrorism has been funded using typical financial transactions as well as illegal methods of securing funds. The course will cover financial crimes including identity theft, phishing, money laundering, etc., and their role in global crimes that result in threats to people, infrastructure and geography. Students will learn the investigative approach necessary to follow the trail of digital evidence left behind by financial crimes that fund terrorism.
Instructors: Majid Hassan, Tony Marino and Dale Callan

Hardware Fundamentals for Law Enforcement - FRN 7860 (32 Hours)
This course is a prerequisite to any computer forensics course at the American Academy of Applied Forensics. It is an introduction to basic hardware concepts of PC systems and provides an intense coverage of computer hardware and the functionality of the inner components. Students will learn to recognize and manipulate the main components of a typical PC and understand their functions. They will disassemble a computer in its entirety and rebuild it from the motherboard up. Students will also build a PC from scratch and load the operating system. By the end of class, students will be well versed in the basic functions of major PC hardware and component technology and be able to build a computer in class. Successful completion of this course prepares students to pursue training in computer forensic examination that requires a thorough knowledge of hardware components.
Instructor: Majid Hassan

Introduction to Computer Forensics - FRN 7871 (32 Hours)
Prerequisite: Hardware Fundamentals for Law Enforcement or equivalent experience
Before a digital investigator can be effective they must have sufficient background education and training.   This course provides these fundamentals ensuring a solid foundation on which to build. Topics covered include definitions, evolution of computers and computer forensics, numbering systems and metadata.  Students will study the logical and physical aspects of hard drive data storage.  Data hiding techniques such as Steganography and Alternate Data Streams will be introduced. Using practical exercises, we will explore data authentication and finally practice creating forensically sound image copies of various digital media.
Instructor: Steve Rose

Intermediate Computer Forensics - FRN 7872 (32 Hours)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Forensics
The Intermediate Computer Forensics course builds on the concepts covered in Introduction to Computer Forensics. Students should already be familiar with acquisition of data and imaging processes on Microsoft-based operating systems. This course covers some of the more advanced features of operating systems including the forensic capturing of volatile memory. The course also examines operating system behavior and its forensic significance. Students will receive hands-on experience working with NTFS examination tools. More focus is given in this course to the analysis and reporting functions of computer forensics. This course focuses on building the proficiency of the forensic examiner by using advanced analysis tools and techniques, and developing the reporting mechanisms of a computer forensic examination.
Instructor: Steve Rose

Internet as an Investigative Tool - FRN 7874 (24 Hours)
This course is designed to enhance the skill set of criminal investigators relative to using Internet-based tools. Locating people, social media sites and tracing emails are also covered.  It covers the use of Google, Internet Research services, website tools, and capturing videos. Students will create a Yahoo email account and use various advanced Google searches to learn more about Internet investigative principles and techniques.
The course reviews various Internet crimes as well as traditional crimes that are facilitated by the Internet. Students will learn investigative tactics for various types of cyber crime including, but not limited to: fraud, identity theft, hacking, piracy, child exploitation, e-mail, illegal drugs and narcotics crimes, domestic and international terrorism, stalking, money laundering and financial crimes. This class involves hands-on activities that will allow each student to use the various investigative software, tools and utilities provided in class.
Instructor: Chris Perez

Investigation of Social Networking Sites - FRN 7881 (16 Hours)
This unique Online course will cover the most commonly used social networking sites today. Information about the site profile, how to review and peruse the site and the latest statistical information will be covered. Sites like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and others are reviewed and discussed so the student can become more familiar with the shortcuts, potential evidence and dangers of some of these sites. The course covers cyber stalking, cybercrimes and IP addresses along with other investigative tips. Contact information for subpoena’s, email addresses and fax numbers for these sites will also help the investigator learn more about investigations involving social networking sites.
Instructor: TBA

Mobile Phone Seizure and Mobile Phone Examination - FRN 7882 (8 Hours)
Two complimentary classes offered on the same day for complete training in seizing mobile phone devices and learning how to extract evidence from them.
In the morning BKForensics class, you will be introduced to mobile phone components and the proper techniques for securing them, isolating them from the cellular network, preserving evidence along with properly transporting and packaging it. Upon successful completion of the class and online test, you will earn BKForensics Mobile Phone Seizure Certification.
The afternoon class concentrates on extracting and examining evidence from your seized phones. We will be using Paraben, Susteen and CelleBrite Extraction Devices.
After attending this class, students will be able to recognize various cell phone components and characteristics; understand what information on a cell phone can be of evidentiary value, how to make a complete seizure of mobile phone and peripherals and will be proficienct in operating extraction equipment. You will receive a second certificate from AAAF at the end of the day.
Instructors: Chris McNeil and Chris Perez

Online Investigations - FRN 7875 (16 Hours)
This course is an introduction to cyber crime and the study of network forensics. Using the Internet as an investigative tool, the course focuses on the basics of networking and inter-networking. Students will learn the types of attacks that exist in cyber crime, how these attacks are performed and how law enforcement can trace the origin of this criminal activity. Cyber crime tactics covered are virus creation (including Trojan horses), web and database hacking into business and personal systems, network sniffing and/or network spying, encryption, etc. Students will also learn the kind of information that can be compromised during a network attack. In addition, students will learn to trace e-mails and computer IP addresses to begin an investigation of cyber-criminal activity.
Instructors: Dale Callan, Steve Ingram, Detective, Davidson Police Dept

On-Scene Computer Forensics - FRN 7876 (8 Hours)
This course provides an introduction to live computer forensics. It covers recognized tactics used at the crime scene to view computer-use activity prior to seizure. Students will learn how to view the contents of a computer prior to seizure without actually altering information on the machine. The course uses Linux utilities that can be used on a Windows-based machine and provides an introduction to the Linux Operating System. Students will obtain hands-on experience working with similar incident response tools. The course also covers the legal issues of searching a computer prior to seizure along with consent-to-search protocols. Students should know how to use a PC and have basic knowledge of computer systems.

Preliminary Computer Investigative Techniques - FRN 7868 (16 hours)
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of how a computer works, how the Internet works and additional topics investigators may need to more effectively operator a computer. Topics will include MS Word areas, multi-media use, windows basics, installing new programs and email along with an overview of Excel and Powerpoint . Students will go on class computers and do practical exercises to enhance their computer knowledge and skills from basic copying, scanning, learning to be more organized, loading software, copying and pasting and finding keyboard shortcuts. Internet details will involve browsing concepts, hperlinks, searching and finding favorites, history along with a basic understanding of connections, wireless and background information. After completion of this course law enforcement investigators will be able to handle simple computer investigations, organize cases and evidence and be able to save appropriate documents for future needs.
Instructor: TBA

Search & Seizure of Electronic Evidence - FRN 7870 (24 Hours)
This course is an introduction to electronic media devices (computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc.) and the mechanics of seizing them. Students will explore innovative hardware technology used to commit computer-related crime and the legal ramifications of searching electronic media. Class includes extensive practical exercises in the search and seizure of electronic media in various crime scenes. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to recognize electronic evidence, build a search warrant for a digital evidence case, properly search and seize digital evidence in a crime scene, properly document property seized in an electronic crime scene, and properly submit and safeguard integrity of digital evidence for a laboratory examination.
Instructors: Various North Carolina Police Departments

Internet Investigations - FRN 7897 (32 Hours)
This course is designed to enhance the skill set of criminal investigators relative to using Internet-based tools. Locating people, social media sites and tracing emails are also covered. It covers the use of Google, Internet Research services, website tools and capturing videos. This course also touches on software clients on cell phones that access the internet and are being used by criminals.

Automotive Digital Evidence - FRN 7898 (16 Hours)
This online course is geared towards Auto Theft Detectives or Police Officers wishing to expand their knowledge of automotive digital evidence. As vehicle manufacturers continue to advance their product line, new technology is continuously being implemented in automobiles to provide more entertainment, security, safety and user features. This class covers how car thieves may try to break into or hack into new vehicles, what/where digital evidence may be located and remote GPS location services such as OnStar and other brands.


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