Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator V9 - EC Council Certification Course

Course#: BSSEC1121

About this Course

Course Type Course Code Duration
Software Security BSSEC1121 5 Days

Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI Certification Program.

Computer Security and Computer investigations are changing terms. More tools are invented daily for conducting Computer Investigations, be it computer crime, digital forensics, computer investigations, or even standard computer data recovery. The tools and techniques covered in EC-Council’s CHFI program will prepare the student to conduct computer investigations using groundbreaking digital forensics technologies.

Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. CHFI investigators can draw on an array of methods for discovering data that resides in a computer system, or recovering deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information known as computer data recovery.

Why Attend this Course?

A CHFI certified professional will be able to:

  • Perform incident response and forensics
  • Perform electronic evidence collections
  • Perform digital forensic acquisitions
  • Perform bit-stream Imaging/acquiring of the digital media seized during the process of investigation.
  • Examine and analyze text, graphics, multimedia, and digital images
  • Conduct thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives, and other electronic data storage media
  • Recover information and electronic data from computer hard drives and other data storage devices
  • Follow strict data and evidence handling procedures
  • Maintain audit trail (i.e., chain of custody) and evidence integrity
  • Work on technical examination, analysis and reporting of computer-based evidence
  • Prepare and maintain case files
  • Utilize forensic tools and investigative methods to find electronic data, including Internet use history, word processing documents, images and other files
  • Gather volatile and non-volatile information from Windows, MAC and Linux
  • Recover deleted files and partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Perform keyword searches including using target words or phrases
  • Investigate events for evidence of insider threats or attacks
  • Support the generation of incident reports and other collateral
  • Investigate and analyze all response activities related to cyber incidents
  • Plan, coordinate and direct recovery activities and incident analysis tasks
  • Examine all available information and supporting evidence or artefacts related to an incident or event
  • Collect data using forensic technology methods in accordance with evidence handling procedures, including collection of hard copy and electronic documents
  • Conduct reverse engineering for known and suspected malware files
  • Perform detailed evaluation of the data and any evidence of activity in order to analyze the full circumstances and implications of the event
  • Identify data, images and/or activity which may be the target of an internal investigation
  • Establish threat intelligence and key learning points to support pro-active profiling and scenario modelling
  • Search file slack space where PC type technologies are employed
  • File MAC times (Modified, Accessed, and Create dates and times) as evidence of access and event sequences
  • Examine file type and file header information
  • Review e-mail communications including web mail and Internet Instant Messaging programs
  • Examine the Internet browsing history
  • Generate reports which detail the approach, and an audit trail which documents actions taken to support the integrity of the internal investigation process
  • Recover active, system and hidden files with date/time stamp information
  • Crack (or attempt to crack) password protected files
  • Perform anti-forensics detection
  • Maintain awareness and follow laboratory evidence handling, evidence examination, laboratory safety, and laboratory security policy and procedures
  • Play a role of first responder by securing and evaluating a cybercrime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting of the crime scene
  • Perform post-intrusion analysis of electronic and digital media to determine the who, where, what, when, and how the intrusion occurred
  • Apply advanced forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction
  • Perform fundamental forensic activities and form a base for advanced forensics
  • Identify and check the possible source/incident origin
  • Perform event co-relation
  • Extract and analyze logs from various devices such as proxies, firewalls, IPSes, IDSes, Desktops, laptops, servers, SIM tools, routers, switches, AD servers, DHCP servers, Access Control Systems, etc.
  • Ensure that reported incident or suspected weaknesses, malfunctions and deviations are handled with confidentiality
  • Assist in the preparation of search and seizure warrants, court orders, and subpoenas
  • Provide expert witness testimony in support of forensic examinations conducted by the examiner

Cyber security as a profession has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years and EC-Council has been on the leading edge of this profession. Practices in Network Defense, Ethical Hacking, and Penetration Testing have proven to be the pillars of cyber security teams across the globe and Digital Forensics is no exception. Whether you operate a team of 2 or 2,000 to tackle Cyber issues facing your organization, digital forensics must be a part of the equation as a critical skill and daily practice.

What Makes this Course Stand Apart?

EC-Council’s CHFI certifies individuals in the specific security discipline of computer forensics from a vendor-neutral perspective. The CHFI certification will fortify the application knowledge of law enforcement personnel, system administrators, security officers, defense and military personnel, legal professionals, bankers, security professionals, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure.

What you will Learn?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

* The process of investigating cyber-crime, laws involved, and the details in obtaining a search warrant
* Different types of digital evidence, rules of evidence, digital evidence examination process, and electronic crime and digital evidence consideration by crime category
* Roles of first responder, first responder toolkit, securing and evaluating electronic crime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting electronic crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic
* The process of investigating cyber-crime, laws involved, and the details in obtaining a search warrant.
* Different types of digital evidence, rules of evidence, digital evidence examination process, and electronic crime and digital evidence consideration by crime category
* Roles of first responder, first responder toolkit, securing and evaluating electronic crime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting electronic crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting the crime scene
* How to recover deleted files and deleted partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
* The process involved in forensic investigation using Access Data FTK and Encase Steganography and its techniques, Steganalysis, and image file forensics
* Password Cracking Concepts, tools, types of password attacks and how to investigate password protected file breach
* Different types of log capturing techniques, log management, time synchronization, log capturing tools
* How to investigate logs, network traffic, wireless attacks, and web attacks
* How to track e-mails and investigate  e-mail crimes and many more.


  • Police and other law enforcement personnel
  • Defense and Military personnel
  • e-Business Security professionals
  • Systems administrators
  • Legal professionals
  • Banking, Insurance and other professionals
  • Government agencies
  • IT managers


It is strongly recommended that you attend the CEH class before enrolling into CHFI program.

Course Outline

Module 01: Computer Forensics in Today’s World
* Forensics Science
* Computer Forensics
* Forensics Readiness
* Cyber Crime
* Cyber Crime Investigation
* Corporate Investigations
* Reporting a Cyber Crime

Module 02: Computer Forensics Investigation Process
* Investigating Computer Crime
* Steps to Prepare for a Computer Forensics Investigation
* Computer Forensics Investigation Methodology

Module 03: Searching and Seizing Computers
* Searching and Seizing Computers without a Warrant
* Searching and Seizing Computers with a Warrant
* The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
* Electronic Surveillance in Communications Networks
* Evidence

Module 04: Digital Evidence
* Digital Data
* Types of Digital Data
* Rules of Evidence
* Electronic Devices: Types and Collecting Potential Evidence
* Digital Evidence Examination Process
* Electronic Crime and Digital Evidence Consideration by Crime Category

Module 05: First Responder Procedures
* Electronic Evidence
* First Responder
* Roles of First Responder
* Electronic Devices: Types and Collecting Potential Evidence
* First Responder Toolkit
* First Response Basics
* Securing and Evaluating Electronic Crime Scene
* Conducting Preliminary Interviews
* Documenting Electronic Crime Scene
* Collecting and Preserving Electronic Evidence
* Packaging and Transporting Electronic Evidence
* Reporting the Crime Scene
* Note Taking Checklist
* First Responder Common Mistakes

Module 06: Computer Forensics Lab
* Setting a Computer Forensics Lab
* Investigative Services in Computer Forensics
* Computer Forensics Hardware
* Computer Forensics Software

Module 07: Understanding Hard Disks and File Systems
* Hard Disk Drive Overview
* Disk Partitions and Boot Process
* Understanding File Systems
* RAID Storage System
* File System Analysis Using The Sleuth Kit (TSK)

Module 08: Windows Forensics
* Collecting Volatile Information
* Collecting Non-Volatile Information
* Windows Memory Analysis
* Windows Registry Analysis
* Cache, Cookie, and History Analysis
* MD5 Calculation
* Windows File Analysis
* Metadata Investigation
* Text Based Logs
* Other Audit Events
* Forensic Analysis of Event Logs
* Windows Password Issues
* Forensic Tools

Module 09: Data Acquisition and Duplication
* Data Acquisition and Duplication Concepts
* Data Acquisition Types
* Disk Acquisition Tool Requirements
* Validation Methods
* RAID Data Acquisition
* Acquisition Best Practices
* Data Acquisition Software Tools
* Data Acquisition Hardware Tools

Module 10: Recovering Deleted Files and Deleted Partitions
* Recovering the Deleted Files
* File Recovery Tools for Windows
* File Recovery Tools for MAC
* File Recovery Tools for Linux
* Recovering the Deleted Partitions
* Partition Recovery Tools

Module 11: Forensics Investigation using AccessData FTK
* Overview and Installation of FTK
* FTK Case Manager User Interface
* FTK Examiner User Interface
* Starting with FTK
* FTK Interface Tabs
* Adding and Processing Static, Live, and Remote Evidence
* Using and Managing Filters
* Using Index Search and Live Search
* Decrypting EFS and other Encrypted Files
* Working with Reports

Module 12: Forensics Investigation Using EnCase
* Overview of Encase Forensic
* Installing EnCase Forensic
* EnCase Interface
* Case Management
* Working with Evidence
* Source Processor
* Analyzing and Searching Files
* Viewing File Content
* Bookmarking Items
* Reporting

Module 13: Steganography and Image File Forensics
* Steganography
* Steganography Techniques
* Steganalysis
* Image Files
* Data Compression
* Locating and Recovering Image Files
* Image File Forensics Tools

Module 14: Application Password Crackers
* Password Cracking Concepts
* Types of Password Attacks
* Classification of Cracking Software
* Systems Software vs. Applications Software
* System Software Password Cracking
* Application Software Password Cracking
* Password Cracking Tools

Module 15: Log Capturing and Event Correlation
* Computer Security Logs
* Logs and Legal Issues
* Log Management
* Centralized Logging and Syslogs
* Time Synchronization
* Event Correlation
* Log Capturing and Analysis Tools

Module 16: Network Forensics, Investigating Logs and Investigating Network Traffic
* Network Forensics
* Network Attacks
* Log Injection Attacks
* Investigating and Analyzing Logs
* Investigating Network Traffic
* Traffic Capturing and Analysis Tools
* Documenting the Evidence Gathered on a Network

Module 17: Investigating Wireless Attacks
* Wireless Technologies
* Wireless Attacks
* Investigating Wireless Attacks
* Features of a Good Wireless Forensics Tool
* Wireless Forensics Tools

Module 18: Investigating Web Attacks
* Introduction to Web Applications and Webservers
* Web Logs
* Web Attacks
* Web Attack Investigation
* Web Attack Detection Tools
* Tools for Locating IP Address

Module 19: Tracking Emails and Investigating Email Crimes
* Email System Basics
* Email Crimes
* Email Headers
* Steps to Investigate
* Email Forensics Tools
* Laws and Acts against Email Crimes

Module 20: Mobile Forensics
* Mobile Phone
* Mobile Operating Systems
* Mobile Forensics
* Mobile Forensic Process
* Mobile Forensics Software Tools
* Mobile Forensics Hardware Tools

Module 21: Investigative Reports
* Computer Forensics Report
* Computer Forensics Report Template
* Investigative Report Writing
* Sample Forensics Report
* Report Writing Using Tools

Module 22: Becoming an Expert Witness
* Expert Witness
* Types of Expert Witnesses
* Scope of Expert Witness Testimony
* Evidence Processing
* Rules for Expert Witness
* General Ethics While Testifying

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