All classes are not offered every semester
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
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.
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.
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
Hardware Fundamentals for Law Enforcement - FRN 7860 (32 Hours)
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: 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
Introduction to Computer Forensics - FRN 7871 (32 Hours)
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
Level 1: Mobile Device 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: Micah Sturgis
Level 2: Mobile Device Forensics - FRN 7906 (24 Hours)
This 3 day training will equip investigators, detectives, and law enforcement personnel with new concepts regarding mobile devices. 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 geotagging technology as it relates to investigative success. The information regarding Apple devices will enhance the investigators’ expertise. Students will have hands on training with practical exercises using Cellebrite Units as well as Micro Systemation XRY Forensic Units to analyze various mobile devices. They are encouraged to bring their own phones or active cases where mobile devices are involved. There will also be a brief mobile phone overview so no pre-requisites or prior experience is required.
Instructor: Micah Sturgis
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.