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Reasons for Choosing the Course

There is a number of reasons that I can put forward to explain why I chose this course. First, I was anticipating to have an understanding of the issues revolving around the preparation of forensically uncontaminated evidence that is legally admissible in the court of law. This would enable me to manually apply the techniques of disk imaging and industrial forensic software in generating the evidence. Second, I was looking forward to obtaining skills in identification, gathering, conservation and analysis of all types of ESI (Electronically Stored Information) in a manner that the information acquired is legally admissible in court.

Third, I was looking forward to utilizing the obtained skills in creating images, scrutinizing the created images for evidence and identifying the timelines for the data pertaining to the issues under investigation. Fourth, I was anticipating to obtain the necessary skills in providing and documenting digital evidence for use in lawsuits. This way, I will be able to obtain expertise in maintaining security of information of the organization and using an authenticated evidence against perpetrators in court.

What I Have Learnt

This far, I have learnt too much in connection with computer forensics. First, I have learnt about the three A’s which stands for acquiring, authenticating and analyzing the data. In this topic, the data is usually obtained in bulks and that have to be authenticated on the basis of its usefulness towards a case. The authenticated data pertaining to a case is the most useful in the investigation. Second, I am well acquainted with the most crucial skills in documenting the obtained evidence from the crime scene. After learning on how to document the evidence, I learned how to image the acquired evidence using some special apparatuses. At this point, I learned the two types of imaging namely “disk to disk” and “disk to image” and also about their distinct differences.

This subtopic led to the learning of classifications of software applied in performing the assignment. Some of the software are FTK denoting Forensic Toolkit, FTK Imager, and Prodiscover Basic. FTK is a software that offers assistance in investigations centered on digital forensics and is obtained from AccessData. Prodiscover assists in generating disk images as well as showing the content of the disk image. This led to learning how to scrutinize evidence files and differentiating the crucial details of a given case from the non-crucial details. Additionally, I have learned about a hard disk and its constituents. It is made up of four parts namely the actuator, the arm (read and write), the platter, and the spindle. As I have learned, the platter preserves information, the spindle rotates the platter, the actuator oversees the arm’s activities and the arm reads and writes the information. This led to the learning of how a hard disk preserves the information and the roles of a RAM Slack.

In addition to this, I have also learned how to retrieve the delete data which when retrieved can be used as admissible evidence. After this, I have learned too many skills pertaining to anti-forensics and on to handle zip-boom occurrences. At this point, the importance of upgrading programs to eliminate the occurrences of errors caused by longer directories gets its way. Finally, I have learned how to handle E-mail headers and how to analyze it both manually and with the use of apparatuses thus culminating to the learning of network forensics and Weblogs analysis.

Usefulness in Career

The learned information will be useful in my career in several ways. First, I will have a precise understanding of digital devices used in the investigation course, how to use them in obtaining evidence and how to investigate digital evidence in a forensically ethical manner. By the end of the course, I will have gained vast understanding of the stages of a forensic examination and of computing in overall. I believe that the course is articulate in instilling the capacity to think reasonably and use my ingenuity to critically investigate scenarios in the forensic realm. Second, I will have obtained valuable skills designed in accordance with industry to arm me with an array of skills and strong points that employers claim. Among these valuable skills are becoming a crucial team player, finding solutions to complex cases, and dynamism in issue pertaining to security, information systems, encryptions and operating systems.

Third, the course is useful in my career in that it will enable me to develop forensic plans for any computer system and also be able to develop a similar plan in different environments. This is specifically concerned with methods and techniques necessary for sufficient incident response management. Additionally, the course will help me in developing security measures responsible for detecting an intrusion and preventing it from occurring. After the detection, I will be able to establish located the perpetrators, build a case pertaining to the intrusion, and prosecute them using the admissible evidence that is ethically obtained.

Works Cited

Caloyannides, Michael A, and Michael A. Caloyannides. “Privacy Protection and Computer Forensics.” Boston: Artech House, 2004. Web.

Carbone, Fernando. “Computer Forensics with Ftk: Enhance Your Computer Forensics Knowledge Through Illustrations, Tips, Tricks, and Practical Real-World Scenarios.” Birmingham, UK: Packt Pub, 2014. Web.

Clarke, Nathan. “Computer Forensics: A Pocket Guide.” Ely: IT Governance Pub, 2010. Web.

Prosise, Chris, and Kevin Mandia. “Incident Response & Computer Forensics.” New York: McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2003. Web.

Sejean, L, and Matthew Warren. “Computer Forensics.” Geelong, Vic: Deakin University, School of Information Technology, 2003. Print.

Vacca, John R. “Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation.” Hingham, Mass: Charles River Media, 2005. Web.

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