This is a GCHQ Certified Training Course
Updated for 2018, the Introduction to Digital Forensics course (QAIDIGFOR) is designed to help commercial and government organizations collect, preserve and report on digital artefacts in a way which is suitable for use in investigations.
The course covers the broad topics essential to the digital forensics disciplines. It sets out a framework for investigations, covering the best practice as described by The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) formally ACPO guidelines. Forensic fundamentals will be covered as well as the use of open source forensic tools. The data will be then analysed and an example report produced.
Participants to this course learn about the methods to identify, preserve, analysis and report on digital artefacts. Using a mixed approach of fundamentals and open source software, delegates will be able to select suitable tools and report on their findings in an evidential way.
The introduction to digital forensic course audience includes all teams across the IT, Security, Internal Audit, Law Enforcement and Government.
IISP Skills Alignment
This course is aligned to the following Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) Skills. More details on the IISP skills framework can be found here.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
CPD points can be claimed for GCT accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for GCHQ accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).
- The purpose, benefits, and key terms of digital forensics.
- Describe and adhere to the principles of the forensic framework
- Understand the importance of the chain of custody
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of key locations in different operating systems
- Identify how different file systems represent files and how they deal with deletion etc.
- Understand where timestamps and other meta data comes from
- Have knowledge of the legal framework in which they operate, and the expected level of ethical behaviour expected.
- Reporting and 5x5x5 procedures.
Module 1: Intro to Digital forensic
- What digital forensics is
- What is digital evidence?
- When and Why is digital forensics used?
- Different Types of Digital Forensics – Standalone and e-discovery
- What skills should a computer forensic expert have?
- Introduction to the forensic framework
Module 2: The Legal Framework
- What legislation applies to investigations?
- ISO/IEC standards what does it cover?
- What does the legislation cover?
- What do authorising officers have to consider
- What does the legislation mean for investigators?
- The consequence of failing to adhere to the legislation which applies
Module 3: Collecting Digital Evidence
- The NPCC guidelines and how they apply to the collection of digital evidence
- The role of a First Responder
- Triaging – the new digital forensics approach
- What is ‘chain of custody’ concept and how critical it is to maintain
- What is the order of volatility
Module 4: Imaging Digital Evidence
- What imaging is and why we work on imaged data
- Write blocking hardware and software
- How do we forensically image a live device?
- How do we forensically image a switched off device?
- Physical and Logical Imaging
- Understand Hashing Algorithms and collisions and how it is used to verify acquisitions
- Creating Forensic Image using FTK Imager
Module 5: Hardware
- Why do we need to know about hardware?
- Live RAM capture and analysis
- Data storage – magnetic hard disks
- Understand how solid state drives differ
- What is the BIOS and UEFI and what settings they hold
- Analysing the boot process
- Partitioning Disk analysis
- Volume and Master Boot Record
Module 6: Information Representation and File Systems
- How number systems work and how data is represented in binary and hexadecimal
- Difference between Big and Little Endian
- Character Encoding ASCII and Unicode
- Different File systems NTFS, FAT
- Analysis what happens when file is saved, deleted
- What is Slack Space and the different types of slack
- What is the Master File Table used for?
- Recovering Data from Recycle bin
- Viewing Deleted data
Module 7: File Signatures & File Carving
- File Signatures Analysis
- Manual File carving
- File Carving Using Kali Linux
Module 8: Windows Artefacts, Metadata and Hash Libraries
- What is Metadata?
- EXIF Data and analysis
- Windows User Profile
- Identifying different Windows Artefacts and what information can be found
- Analysing Thumbnail Cache
- Viewing the Windows Registry and locating information
- Analysing Email Headers
- Forensic Analysis of HTTP data using Wireshark
- Purpose of Hash Libraries
Module 9: Mobile Phone Forensics
- Mobile Forensics Require a Different Approach
- What information a mobile device can provide
- Different methods for conducting mobile device examinations
Module 10: Digital Evidence Process Model
- The difference between notes, examination logs and witness statements
Module 11: Forensic Tools
- Commercial Forensic
- Open Forensic Tools
The exam is now a Proctor-U APMG exam for the Certificate in Digital Forensics Fundamentals, which will be taken by delegates in their own time after the course. Delegates will receive individual emails to access their AMPG GCT candidate portal, typically available two weeks post exam.
If you experience any issues, please contact the APMG GCT technical help desk on 01494 4520450.