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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Why take this course?
Cybercrime is epidemic. The headlines declare it daily:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this hands-on lab students will use instructor provided tools and evidence to analyze files using specific hash algorithims.
This lecture dives deeper into the technical aspects and procedures required for proper forensic image acquisition.
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.
Volatile memory (RAM), is a vital part of modern forensic analysis. This lecture teaches how to conduct RAM acquisitions in a forensic manner.
In the second hands-on lab students will use instructor provided materials to conduct their own incident response and forensic acqusition.
This lecture teaches about the differences between file systems and operating systems in modern computing.
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.
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.
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.
FAT (File Allocation Table) file systems are used frequently in older computers and USB drives. This lecture explores FAT file system specifics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Hussey, EnCE, GREM, CCE, PMP, Q/EH,
Brian Hussey leads an elite team of Cybercrime Investigators working within US Federal Law Enforcement, His team has been responsible for investigating many of the most dangerous cyber attacks ever to threaten the United States and the fortune 500 companies that form its economic backbone. His team has pursued cyber criminals throughout the world and brought them to justice. Mr. Hussey's digital forensic analysis and testimony has resulted in Russian Point of Sale hackers, child predators, and malware authors from across the globe going to jail. He is a recognized expert in the fields of computer forensics, malware analysis, memory analysis, and cyber threat intelligence. Mr. Hussey has also designed network intrusion forensics and malware analysis training for US Federal law enforcement and our International partners. He has represented the United States by teaching these topics to the national police in countries such as: Ukraine, Japan, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Germany, Nigeria, India, and many others.
In 2011, Mr. Hussey decided the advanced cybercrime investigation techniques used by his team should be available outside of select Government circles and he began teaching at George Mason University in the Master of Computer Forensics program. In 2014, he founded IFCI to provide this same training to cybercrime fighters throughout the world. Mr. Hussey firmly believes that International cybercrime investigators working together, and armed with the proper training, can turn the tables on the relentless scourge of cyber crime.