The Digital Forensics short course has kicked off to a great start. If you haven’t signed up yet, this short course features practical hands-on tasks designed by the lecturer, Dr. Tanveer Zia, in addition to the weekly quizzes and final exam. He has also provided all the necessary tools required to complete these exercises – please note that ProDiscover Basic (normally $50, but free for the duration of our course) will be removed once the short course has ended, so now’s the time to try it out.
As of now we’re only about three days into the course, but have already seen record numbers of students already completing their hands-on tasks. There are some great discussions in the forum, including the best ways to interpret your results.
So what did we cover in the first Digital Forensics Webinar? Tanveer gave a fascinating introduction to the field. This short course has a strong emphasis on the practical, but it is important to understand how it works in conjunction with the law. Digital Forensics as a branch of the computer sciences is relatively young, and Tanveer highlighted that whilst technology evolves as an exponential pace, existing laws and statutes cannot keep up with this change – although fortunately previous cases can be used as precedents! On completion of the introduction, Tanveer provided a live practical tutorial using ProDiscover Basic. Next week, he’ll be discussing acquisition methods, validation, and data hiding techniques, so stay tuned.
In other news, we’d also like to congratulate one of our former mentors, Steve Zobrist, who made it onto the Executive Dean’s List for the last academic year (2014). This is a huge accomplishment – to be included, you need to have achieved a grade of Distinction or High Distinction in all coursework subjects undertaken (H1 in the case of a dissertation subject) and have also completed a minimum of 32 points over a maximum of 3 sessions. Congratulations, Steve!