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Computer Forensics

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Digital forensics involves the investigation of computer-related crimes with the goal of obtaining evidence to be presented in a court of law.

In this course, you will learn the principles and techniques for digital forensics investigation and the spectrum of available computer forensics tools. You will learn about core forensics procedures to ensure court admissibility of evidence, as well as the legal and ethical implications. You will learn how to perform a forensic investigation on both Unix/Linux and Windows systems with different file systems. You will also be guided through forensic procedures and review and analyze forensics reports.

This offering is part of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program that prepares students to enter and advance in the field of computing security.

  • Court admissibility investigative procedures
  • Attributes of various Windows and Unix/Linux file systems and file recovery processes
  • To identify and apply appropriate forensics tools to acquire, preserve and analyze system image
  • Review and critique a forensics report


Week 1: Digital Forensics Fundamentals Introduction to Incident response digital forensics four-step procedure Concepts: computer/network/Internet forensic and anti-forensics

Week 2: Unix/Linux fundamentals Unix/Linux incident response tools Unix/Linux file systems (Ext2/Ext3)

Week 3: Unix/Linux Forensic Investigation Unix/Linux forensics investigation steps and technologies Unix/Linux forensics case studies

Week 4: Windows Incident Response Memory forensics Windows incident response tools

Week 5: Windows fundamentals Windows file systems Windows forensics tools

Week 6: Windows Forensic Investigation Windows acquisition Windows forensics analysis – registry and other artifacts

Week 7: Advanced artifacts Loadable kernel module rootkits Steganography hiding, detection and analysis

Week 8: Review and Everything Together

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Computer Forensics
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