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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

CTS 170 - Digital Forensics 1

3 credit hours - Three hours of lecture and directed laboratory weekly; one term.
(formerly CSI 207 - Cyber Forensics 1)

Explore a professional approach to computer and cybercrime investigations. Learn to identify potential electronic evidence, create strategies to locate and recover evidence, and perform forensic analysis. Discuss legal and ethical considerations of computer crime investigations. Lab fee $60.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: CTS 105  

Crosslisted: Also offered as CJS 170 ; credit is not given for CTS 170 and CJS 170  .

Note: CTS 105   may be taken concurrently with CTS 170 .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Extract key concepts from cases and statutes.
    • Review computer intrusion laws, intellectual property laws, trade secret offenses, system integrity offenses and misuse offenses.
  • Identify vulnerabilities and assess risks in forensic investigations.
    • Apply a systematic approach to digital forensic investigations, including potential risks and mitigations.
  • Plan a forensic investigation.
    • Preserve, extract and analyze digital forensic evidence.
    • Prepare and submit documentation of forensic analysis.
    • Prepare a forensic report.
    • Prepare a presentation of forensic findings.
  • Identify where evidence may reside.
    • Identify operating system file systems.
    • Explain how file systems store data.
    • Identify data of potential interest to a forensic investigation
  • Use software tools to access evidence and conduct forensic analysis.
    • Use open source and commercial computer forensic tools for evidence acquisition and analysis.
    • Prepare a presentation of forensic findings.
  • Explain legal limitations on searches and seizures of evidence.
    • Explain Best Evidence.
    • Create a Chain of Custody report.
    • Explain the fourth, fifth and sixth amendment as applied to digital forensic investigations.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 2 Technology Fluency Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking