This course examines the use of computers in the commission of crimes and civil wrongs, the elements of computer crimes and civil wrongs, and the detection, collection, analysis and production of digital evidence. Students will use computer and digital media resources to explore basic digital forensic investigation techniques.
Digital Forensics Courses
DF 101 - Introduction to Digital Forensics
DF 201 - Digital Forensics II
In this course students examine the techniques used to gather evidence from digital media in a court-acceptable manner and then analyze that evidence using advanced tools and techniques. Students will use computer resources to conduct analyses on actual digital media and attempt to recover evidence that can be used in a classroom "investigation" exercise.
DF 203 - Networking and Forensics
Students will focus on the tools and skills involved in recovering information and/or evidence from computers, networks and network components in a forensically sound manner. Students will learn how network artifacts can serve as repositories for important data including evidence of crimes and other wrongful acts. They will also become skilled in the best practices for acquiring this data.
DF 220 - Intrusion Response
In this course, students learn the complexities, technical details, and skills involved in investigating instances in which network and computer defenses have been compromised due to intrusions. Because of the sheer scope of a network, this course will require students to expand their technical and analytical skills. They will examine the planning of intrusions, methods employed in the surveillance of networks, and techniques intruders employ to penetrate and damage them. These concepts will be put into the context of investigating crimes that occur where computer networks are the "victim."
DF 250 - Digital Forensics Case and Laboratory Management
This course focuses on the processes involved in digital forensics case work and is designed to prepare students to develop and sustain a career in the field. The course will cover creation of the laboratory, development of effective operating procedures, quality management, and expert report development in the analysis of digital media.