Foundations in Digital Forensics
This is a five-day course is designed for the investigator/examiner entering the
field of digital forensics and provides the fundamental knowledge to
comprehend and investigate incidents involving electronic devices. The
course covers in depth architecture and functionality of the NTFS and FAT File
Systems and their related metadata pertaining to stored objects on the
physical media. Attendees will gain insight into partitioning structures and
disk layouts and the effects of formatting volumes that contain existing data.
File management and directory structure characteristics will be examined in
detail as well as techniques for discovering potential evidence that maybe
pivotal to a successful examination. This will be followed by topical areas of
interest to include file headers and file hashing and recovery of deleted files
and basic analysis of a windows-based system. This course incorporates an
investigative scenario, providing hands-on experience with examination of
What You Will Learn
What is Digital Forensics
General overview of the world of digital forensic investigations.
Reasons for a Forensic Investigation
Discussions on the events that would lead to a request for a forensic examination.
Discuss the types of forensic analysis
Outline the different types of analysis the examiner will encounter
Discuss the challenges of each and questions that need to be asked before an examination begins
Describe the forensic and incident response process.
Incident Response Process
Discuss the role of the first responder
Outline the stages of the incident response
Review best practices in evidence collection
Concepts of a digital fingerprint, HASHing
Discussions in evidence recovery.
Partitioning and Format Review
Describe the differences between MBR and GPT partitioned disks
Examine the structure of an MBR and GPT partitioned disk
Learn of the effects of formatting a volume to FAT
Learn of the effects of formatting a volume to exFAT
Learn of the effects of formatting a volume to NTFS.
FAT File System
Describe the structure and functionality of the system area
Examine the concept of clusters and data area
Describe changes that occur when a file or folder is saved
Examine the effects of data when a file is deleted
Describe the process to recover deleted files on a FAT volume.
NTFS File System deep dive
List file system support for each NT operating system
Identify NTFS Metadata Files
List the function of each Metadata file
Describe a File Record Entry
List the components of an NTFS Attribute
Examine the B+ Tree structure of directories
Describe the effects of data when a file is deleted.
Operating Systems Overview
Learn to identify the core features of each NT Operating System
List the key artifacts contained on modern systems
Identify and review common folders on a NT Operating System.
Windows® System Artifacts
Describe the purpose of User Account Control
Discuss the forensic importance of Windows Prefetch and Superfetch
Learn how to examine ShadowCopies
Examine the function and forensic importance of the Recycle Bin.
Introduction to the Windows® Registry
Define the Windows Registry
Discuss Forensic benefits of examining the Registry
Introduction into the recovering evidentially relevant data from the following registry files:
Introduction into Windows® Shortcuts
Introduction to Windows Shortcuts
Examine Link File Anatomy
Introduction to Jump Lists and analysis.
Learn of the functions Windows uses to cache thumbnail images
Discuss user interaction characteristics
Examine the internal structure of each cached database.
Microsoft Browser Examinations
Gain an overview of Internet Explorer
Introduction to Microsoft Edge
Examine storage locations
Discuss implications of InPrivate browsing
Introduction to ESE Database analysis
Contact Fulcrum for more information and to schedule a course.
Duration - 5 days
Dates & Locations
- Available Virtual Class (Live Remote)