California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova and various
This 80-hour course is designed for investigators who have basic computer skills and are new to computer forensics. This class will provide training on: forensic computer components; set-up and trouble shooting of forensic hardware and software; case management; understanding the fundamentals of a search warrant; search and seizure of computer/digital evidence; tools, skills and protocols necessary to assist in the forensic investigation and prosecution of a computer crime.
The course includes:
Understanding of computer forensics;
Fundamentals of computer hardware;
Working a case from the beginning to the final report;
Conducting basic searches and analysis of evidence;
Overview of forensics software;
Writing effective search warrants;
Preparing evidence for presentation in court;
Understanding file systems;
Removal, recovery, and accessing digital media,
Understanding fundamentals of write blocking
Lecture, hands-on practical exercises.
Course exercises are designed to simulate criminal situations and test the student’s ability to complete a successful forensic investigation on digital evidence.
Successful completion of a pre-test, to judge student skills and knowledge on computer crime investigation and computer operations, will be required prior to admission to this course. It will also give the prospective students insight to the level of training presented in this course.
There is no cost to local law enforcement agencies. DOJ and local Crime Laboratory employees who qualify for this class must pay $3,261 for registration and materials.