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*Advanced UAV (Drone) Forensics
Spyder Forensics
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*Advanced UAV (Drone) Forensics

This three-day advanced level course will equip you with the practical skills and competencies required to identify and extract various sources of data recoverable from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as Drones, including their associated control devices in line with approved best practices.

Using leading research and development from Spyder Forensics, this course will introduce you to the world of UAV’s and instruct you how to fly a Drone followed by best practices in conducting forensically sound extractions and analysis of UAS data for use as evidence or intelligence gathering. Attendees will learn how to collect data from within the aircraft using non-destructive processes utilizing industry-standard tools to create forensic collections of storage media that include flight logs, aircraft data, photo, and video files without the need to disassemble the aircraft or controller. Students will then learn procedures in the acquisition of application data found on the mobile device.

Once data has been acquired, attendees will master how to analyze the flight logs and user data using software originally designed to work with these types of structures, gaining knowledge on workflows to connect data between the drone application and the flight data recovered from the aircraft.

This course uses non-destructive processes to extract and analyze the data from all hardware in the UAS including the handheld device, mobile application, and drone. All software used in class can be used in the DFIR lab free of charge and without the need to purchase additional applications to conduct a Drone examination.

Primary Learning Objectives

Become proficient in the extraction of UAV controller data from mobile devices and UAV’s using industry recognized forensic software.

Recognize types of data available from drones, their linked devices and third- party sources.

Conduct forensic extractions of data from the leading drone devices, analyze extracted data effectively to produce reports fit for use in criminal justice proceedings.

Learning Module Outlines

• Introduction to UAV Forensicso IntroductiontosUAS

o CriminaluseofUAV’s
o Manufacturersvariables
o Attackvectors–riskstopublicsafety
o Droneadaptation
o CapacityandCapabilityofdrones
o HealthandSafety–Handlingandseizure
o HealthandSafety–LiPoBatteries
o Linkeddevices–controllerconsiderations
o Digitalvs.PhysicalEvidence
o Packaging/Storageandcontinuity
o Understanding of how flight logs are created and updated

Aircraft power on flowchart.

  • Components of sUAS
    o Componentsandfeaturesofsmallunmannedaircraftsystems(sUAS)o Controlleroptions

    § Mobile and Tablet Devices§ Bespoke flight controllers§ Integrated displays
    § FPV controllers

    o Autonomousflights
    § Return-to-home feature

    § WiFi controls
    § Signal interception.

  • Learning to Fly
    o Unpack‘your’aircraft

    o Recognizingcomponentswithintheboxo Basicinstructiononflyingthedrone
    o PracticalexercisesinflyingyourDrone

    § Collection techniques.

  • Extraction techniques
    o Extractionofdatafromtheaircraft
    o Extractionofdatafrommobile abletdeviceo Extractionofcontrollerdata
    o Disassemblingtechniques

Arguments for and against

  • Interpretation of data
    o Techniquesinusingopensourceandcommercialforensictoolstoreviewtheevidence

    § Interpretation of data contained on the UAV

    • File System considerations

    • Registered user information

    • Aircraft details

    • Flight log analysis techniques

      § Interpretation of data from portable devices

    • Default folder structures of the controlling app from an Android and iOS device

    • Synchronized logs vs. local logs

    • Error log analysis

    • Media file examination (geolocations and dates & times)

    • Workflows in combining offline files for further analysis

      o Techniquesintheinterpretationadditionaldataonotherdevices.

  • Advanced Analysis Techniques
    o Flightrecorder“Blackbox”

    o Advancedexaminationworkflows
    o AdditionalAppandControllerconsiderations
    o LinkinghardwaredeviceswithinthesUAS
    o Simplificationofdata–graphicalrepresentationo Mappingofflightpaths.

  • Presentation of Evidence capable of acceptance in court
    o Discussiononcourtroompreparationandpresentation

  • Report Writing
    o Glossaryofterms

    o OverviewofUAVreportconsiderationso Reportwritingpractical

  • Final Assessment
    o Studentknowledgeassessment.


    To get the most out of this class, you should:
    • Haveminimalexperienceofforensicexaminations.


    You will receive a student manual, lab exercises, software for UAV analysis, a Drone and other hardware Students will have the ability to learn how to fly a UAV and collect data from the handset and aircraft.

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