IFCI Expert Cybercrime Investigator's Course
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IFCI Expert Cybercrime Investigator's Course

Protect your network - Put cybercriminals in jail. Learn computer forensics, malware analysis and hacker investigations.
4.7 (248 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,348 students enrolled
Created by Brian Hussey
Last updated 1/2015
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This course includes
  • 16.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Respond to cybercrime incidents, forensic acquisition, volatile memory acquisition, and live system analysis.
  • Conduct full system computer forensic investigation, recover deleted files, carve data structures from unallocated space.
  • Identify, extract, and analyze malware.
  • Analyze data breach incidents to determine if and what data was stolen.
  • Conduct volatile memory analysis using Volatility.
  • Learn the history of cybercrime and how it intertwines with international organized crime, how it is monetized, and how it connects to cyber espionage, cyber terror and nation state sponsored attacks.
  • Learn hacker tactics, techniques, and procedures - and how to defend against them.
  • Learn techniques to pursue cybercriminals across the globe.
  • Testify as an expert witness against computer criminals.
  • Take the exam and become a professional IFCI Certified Cybercrime Investigator (IFCI-CCI)
  • This course is for computer forensics beginners who are already skilled in general usage of Windows computers.

What is the IFCI Cybercrime Investigator's Course?

IFCI’s flagship training program is the IFCI-CCI (Cybercrime Investigator) Training course. The IFCI-CCI teaches students the skills necessary to respond to all kinds of cybercrime incidents, from initial incident response and digital crime scene evidence acquisition to advanced forensic analysis and tracking International cybercriminals across the Internet.

The main goal for this course is to empower the nation’s cyber investigators with the knowledge, skills and abilities to undertake and successfully carry out their own investigations. This course is the first step for investigators to turn the tables on cyber criminals who are fleecing legitimate economies worldwide of billions of dollars every year.

Some Course highlights include:

  • 15 hands-on labs - devised of real world scenarios
  • Analysis of Windows forensic artifacts
  • Volatile memory analysis
  • Network intrusion investigations
  • Internet activity and email analysis
  • Network traffic data analysis
  • International cybercriminal profiling
  • Attack vector identification
  • Dynamic malware analysis

Who Should Take this course?

Anybody whose job requires them to respond to cyber incidents, or anyone with an interest in cybercrime investigation, should take the IFCI-CCI training course. This course will help you by providing fast solutions to the following emergency situations:

Corporate Risk/Security - Intellectual Property Theft Case: Your Research and Development Director quits and goes to work for a competitor.

  • Can you determine if he copied your company’s secrets to a USB drive to take with him?

Police Investigations - Kidnapping Case: A child is taken from his home at night and the family receives an email with a proof-of-life picture and ransom demand.

  • Can you extract IP addresses from the email headers to track the offender back to his location, or extract lat/long coordinates from the picture’s EXIF data to determine the exact location the picture was taken?

IT Security Team - Rogue Malware Case: You discover malware on an internal corporate computer but you don’t know what it does or why it’s there.

  • Can you analyze the malware, determine its capabilities, identify its target data, and destroy its data exfiltration file before your corporate proprietary information is lost?

Federal Cyber Agent - Botnet Investigation Case: You’ve tracked botnet malware back to a specific set of command and control servers, but what’s the next step?

  • Can you determine the server’s physical location in the world and research current and historical whois information? Are you able to research other malicious domains associated with the same IP address and track Command and Control proxy servers back to specific malicious actors?

E-Discovery Analyst - File access case: You’ve recovered and indexed thousands of PDF files on a computer. One was flagged as key to the case and you are asked if the computer owner knew of and accessed this file.

  • Can you examine the Windows registry and link files to determine the exact time and date that specific users accessed individual files?

Why take this course?

Cybercrime is epidemic. The headlines declare it daily:

  • 2015 - SONY is devastated by an attack that destroys its internal systems, steals terabytes of private data, posts unreleased movies on Internet torrent sites, and humiliates corporate executives. The cost to corporate image and revenue stream is uncountable.
  • 2014 - Home Depot is hacked, losing an estimated 55 million credit cards to the cybercrime underground.
  • 2013 - Russian Hackers steal 40 million credit cards from Target, resulting in approx $1 billion in losses to the company.
  • 2012 - The Shamoon virus destroys nearly 30,000 Saudi Aramco Computers, temporarily shutting down one of the world’s largest corporations.
  • 2011 - SONY data breach lost personal details and payment information for approximately 77 million customers, resulting in massive monetary loss and the temporary closure of the PlayStation Gaming Network.

The corporations victimized in these situations were unprepared to respond to the attacks causing delayed investigations and reduced information flow to decision-making executives. Eventually, they contracted out the investigations to high-priced consultants, whose investigative results were often too little, too late.

IFCI-CCI’s mission is to provide our students the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to network attacks immediately, analyze the evidence, produce actionable cyber-intelligence, and implement it to shore up security vulnerabilities before they become massive breaches like those mentioned above.

There is a dearth of quality training in computer forensics, even less for hacker and malware focused investigations, and almost nothing that is available in a convenient online format that can be studied from the comfort of your own home, and fit to your own schedule. IFCI fills this void by providing the finest cybercrime investigation training in the world, created and delivered by some of the world’s foremost experts in their field, and streamed directly to any Internet-connected device you choose to employ.

Who this course is for:
  • Technical personnel tasked with, or interested in network security, computer forensics, or malware analysis.
  • Law enforcement officers, federal agents, and intelligence analysts tasked with cyber operations will all benefit from this course.
  • This is a beginner's course, it is also very useful for hobbyists, reporters, and any interested parties.
  • While this is a beginner's course, the material gets more and more complex as the class continues. It is in-depth, detailed, and hands-on and requires maximum effort for maximum benefit - therefore it is not recommended for casual observers not interested in putting forth the effort required to learn the material.
Course content
Expand all 107 lectures 16:21:43
+ Computer Forensics Core Concepts
6 lectures 01:08:50

This section introduces students to the world of computer forensics. It examines what life is really like for a computer forensic analyst on a daily basis, examining both the fascinating and exciting aspects of the job, along with the challenges and difficulties we face. The goal is to honestly help students decide whether this is truly a career they wish to pursue.

Preview 17:14

This lecture explores the different types of careers available for computer forensic specialists and provides general strategies for determining what type of specialty students may be interested in pursuing.

Subfields of Computer Forensics

People's lives and freedom are often determined based on the quality of our analysis. It is vital to understand this and the importance of this and how to present our findings fairly and properly in a court of law. That is the focus of this lecture.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Cybercrime Investigator

This lecture examines different types of tools available to the computer forensic examiner, how to verify their accuracy, and the debate surrounding the "approved tool list" vs. the " any tool to get the job done" approach to forensic lab policies.

Computer Forensic Tools and Testing

Digital evidence comes in many different forms and can be difficult to identify when deploying to cybercrime scenes. This lecture trains students to identify the various different types of evidence that can be analyzed.

Sources of Digital Evidence

The IFCI Cybercrime Investigator course provides 15 hands-on, real world labs where students will investigate a case using forensic tools and forensic evidence, all provided by the instructor free of charge. Students will need to do some basic steps to set their Windows computer up for the labs. This lecture walks you through all you will need to do in order to tackle all 15 labs.

Home Computer Setup for IFCI Labs
+ Forensic Acquisitions: Theory & Practice
7 lectures 01:37:50

The evidence acquisition stage of forensics is vital to future analysis. Mistakes here can create faulty evidence and cause all findings to be inadmissible in court. This lecture explains chain of custody and proper acquisition processes in detail.

Incident Response Triage and Forensic Acquisitons

The hash serves as a digital fingerprint for all data types but they can also serve many other uses for forensic examiners. This lecture explores the many different kinds of hashes and how to use them in forensics.

Hashes - Digital Fingerprints

In this hands-on lab students will use instructor provided tools and evidence to analyze files using specific hash algorithims.

Lab1 - Hashing

This lecture dives deeper into the technical aspects and procedures required for proper forensic image acquisition.

Incident Responder's Forensic Acquisition Process

Over the years, the traditional theory of acquisition was to 'make no changes' to the evidence, however, this theory has given way to a more modern theory to 'make minimal changes to the evidence' because this was necessary to overcome modern challenges presented by encryption and other data hiding techniques. This lecture explores the differences between these two approaches and when each should be used.

Different Approaches to Forensic Acquisition

Volatile memory (RAM), is a vital part of modern forensic analysis. This lecture teaches how to conduct RAM acquisitions in a forensic manner.

Volatile Memory Acquisition

In the second hands-on lab students will use instructor provided materials to conduct their own incident response and forensic acqusition.

Lab2 - Forensic Acquisition Lab
+ File Systems, Data Structures, and File Deletion Recovery
8 lectures 01:26:49

This lecture teaches about the differences between file systems and operating systems in modern computing.

Introduction to File Systems and Operating Systems

How do bits and bytes turn into the information a user actually sees on a computer? How does data exist on a computer and how is it used by the system? These are questions that are vital to understand before we can begin to extract forensic evidence of user activity from the computer. This lecture teaches the basic bits and bytes that make up computer forensics.

Data Structures

Evidential data can be hidden in many places on a computer system. Slack space may retain key information from deleted files that would otherwise be unrecoverable. This lecture both teaches how to identify and extract evidence from slack space, as well as how to recover user-deleted files.

Slack Space and Deleted Files

Different computer file systems have different specifications and may require unique approaches to evidence recovery. This lecture explores the unique requirements presented by specific file systems.

File System Limitations

FAT (File Allocation Table) file systems are used frequently in older computers and USB drives. This lecture explores FAT file system specifics.

FAT File Systems

NTFS (New Technology File Systems) is the ubiquitous file system used in modern Windows computers. This lecture explores NTFS specifics and how they impact forensic investigations.

NTFS File Systems

Important forensic evidence may exist in areas of a computer's hard drive that are completely inaccessible to the Operating System. Partial or complete files can still be recovered even though there is no way to recover this data using standard tools. This can be done via a process called file caving; this is the focus of this lecture.

File Carving and File Fragmentation
Lab 3 Deleted File Recovery
+ Email & Internet History Analysis
10 lectures 01:29:57

Email is the most common communication method in modern business and personal correspondence. It is also a primary location to find evidence of criminal activity. This lecture explores forensic analysis of email.

Email Analysis

Recovery of email that is primarily stored on the computer's hard drive is much less challenging than web-based email, such as Gmail or Yahoo mail. This lecture discusses the various aspects of both types of email analysis.

Host and Web Based Email Extraction

Email contains a vast amount of additional information, if you know where to look. This lecture teaches how to determine the source of email attacks by header analysis, as well as teaching how Base64 is used in modern email transmission and its importance to forensic investigations.

Email Header Analyisis and Base64 Encoding

The 4th lab asks students extract suspect email from a real forensic image and to use instructor provided tools to begin their investigation. They are also asked to determine how malware was used to attack the victim computer via an email vector.

LAB 4 - Email Analysis

Did you know that forensic analysis enables an investigator to recover all Internet searches, maps, and pages that a suspect ever visited? This lecture introduces the topic of Internet activity analysis.

Internet Activity Analysis Introduction

Google Chrome is now the most popular Internet browser on the market and Firefox has been a popular browser for years. This lecture teaches how to recover forensic artifacts that will show all suspect Internet activity conducted with these two browsers.

Chrome and Firefox Analysis

Internet Explorer has long been a leading Internet browser. Analysis of IE's forensic artifacts has changed little until version 10, which shipped with Windows 8. This lecture will show IE forensic artifacts that can be recovered from both versions.

Internet Explorer Analysis

Oftentimes a forensic investigator can not only say a suspect visited a certain website at a certain day and time, but the can actually reproduce the exact webpages that the suspect accessed. This can be done via analysis of the Internet Cache and this is taught in this lecture.

Cookies, Cache, and IE Artifacts

Bad guys will often hope to hide evidence of their evil websites by obfuscating their URLs. This lecture teaches students to identify these tricks and to de-obfuscate the data.

URL Obfuscation

The 5th lab asks students to analyze the suspect's Internet activity, determine where they went and what they did on the Internet, and to determine if malware was deployed via the Internet.

LAB 5 - Internet Activity Analysis
+ Windows System Forensic Artifacts - Part 1
11 lectures 01:28:17

Creating a timeline of suspect behavior is an important part of all forensic reports. This lecture discusses techniques and strategies to employ when creating your timeline.

Timeline Analysis

Cybercrime is an international problem and often spans across many different time zones. This can create challenges for timeline analysis. This lecture discusses these challenges and introduces strategies to overcome them.

Time Zone Issues
Time Stamps
Non-Standard Timestamps and Timeline Antiforensics
MAC Time Triangulation
User Attribution and Analysis
Recycle Bin Analysis
Lab 6 - Recycle Bin Analysis
Link File Analysis
Other Locations of Interest
Lab 7 - Link File Analysis
+ Windows System Forensic Artifacts Part 2 and File Signature Analysis
9 lectures 01:26:46
Thumbs.db and Thumbcache Analysis
Prefetch File Analysis
Lab 8 - Prefetch File Analysis
Persistent RAM Files and System Restore Functions
File Signature Analysis
Lab 9 - File Signature Analysis
Metadata Analysis
Exif Data Analysis
Lab 10 - Exif Data Analysis
+ Module 7 - Windows System Logs & Registry Analysis
11 lectures 01:13:43
Windows Log Analysis
System and Application Event Log Analysis
Security Event Log Analysis
Dr Watson Logs
Lab 11 - Event Log Analysis
Introduction to the Windows Registry
Registry Analysis -USB Devices
Registry Analysis - NTUser.dat - Part 1
Registry Analysis - NTUser.dat - Part 2
Registry Analysis - Autostarts
Lab 12 - Registry Analysis
+ Introduction to Malware and Network Intrusions
9 lectures 01:21:22
The Hacking Process
Hacker Motivations
Hacker Strategies
Botnet Investigations
Drive-by Downloads
Malware Propagation
Polymorphism and Packers
Social Engineering
+ Network Data Analysis
5 lectures 24:41
Network Data Evidence and IP Addressing
TCP and UDP Communication Protocols
Network Communication and Ports
HTTP Analysis and DNS Poisioning
Network Scanners and Sniffers
+ Cybercrime, Cyber Terror, & Cyber Espionage Investigations
12 lectures 01:53:12
The Blurred Lines Between Cybercrime, Cyberwar, and Cyberespionage
The Intersection of Cybercrime and Cyberwar
Russian Organized Cybercrime
Supply Chain Interdiction
Criminal Domain Investigations
Domain and IP Address Investigation Tools
Lab 13 - Criminal Domain Investigations
Point of Sale Server Attacks
Point of Sale Server- Malware
Point of Sale Server- Exfiltration
Point of Sale Server- Advanced Investigative Techniques