Computer Forensics L-1

Hours: 50 / Access Length: 4 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $2,195.00

Course Overview:

This is not a "watered down" training course.  Not like other courses, we tell you in detail what we cover during the course and what our experience and expertise is.  We have a great training course, great material, experienced instructors and we truly want you to learn the material and to become good forensic examiners.  We want you to compare and decide what is best for you.

You will be provided well developed, detailed handouts of the course material.   The course contains a number of practical exercise problems in the form of specially prepared diskettes or a hard disk drive that must be examined.  The practical exercises will reinforce the material and teach "hands-on" skills.   A case scenario will be used where a fictional private investigator brings you, the examiner, each diskette or a hard disk drive for examination.  Each diskette will build to the next exercise, until finally a hard disk drive is examined and the case is concluded.  Real life computer forensic issues will be covered by the practical exercises.   

Clear, concise, accurate reports that draw appropriate conclusions are a very important factor in presenting the results of a forensic examination.  We require reports detailing each "practical exercise" examination.  We critically review your reports as if we were the "other side" and will help you develop excellent report writing skills.  Your final reports can be used as your "template" for real examinations.

Our instructors are all Certified Forensic Computer Examiners or Certified Computer Examiners (CCE)® who are currently involved in computer forensic examinations.  They will coach and tutor you through the practical exercises, your reports and through the test questions for each module.  Our instructors are highly qualified, experienced and understand forensic examinations far beyond the material in this course.  Your interaction with your instructor will normally be via email, but direct assistance is sometimes available for setup issues.   We truly want you to learn the material and to become a good forensic examiner.

Course Outline:

Module 1 – Introduction to Computer Forensics
  • Recommended Machine Configurations
  • What makes a good computer forensic examiner?
  • Computer Forensics vs. E Discovery
  • Dealing with clients or employers
    • Work Product
    • Client Contracts
    • Legal and privacy issues
  • Software Licensing
  • Ethical Conduct Issues
  • Cases that may include digital evidence
  • Forensic Examination Procedures
  • Determining Scope of Examinations
  • Hardware and Imaging Issues
  • Floppy Diskette, USB and Optical Media Examination
  • Limited Examinations
  • Forensically Sterile Examination Media
  • Examination Documentation and Reports
  • ASCII Table
  • General Overview of Boot Process and Operating Systems
  • Floppy Diskette Sides, FD Tracks, Hard Disk Drives
  • BIOS History
  • Networked Computers
  • Media Acquisition
  • Acquisition Documentation
  • Chain of Custody
Module 2 – Imaging
  • Imaging Theory and Process
  • Imaging Methods
  • Write Blocking
  • Imaging Flash Drives
  • Wiping, Hashing, Validation, Image Restoration, Cloning, Unallocated Space
  • Drive Partitioning
  • One (1) Student Lab Practical Exercise


We will provide a detailed manual for each module covered.  These manuals can be used later in your career for reference purposes.  Sample reports, additional practical exercises, a DOS primer, Diskedit primer and other useful information and applications will also be provided. You will be subscribed to our listservers that provide both administrative and technical information.  Even after you complete the course, as material is updated, you will be able to download the new material from our web site.

All students receive fully licensed copies of the following software upon enrollment:

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **