Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification

Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government, and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Digital Forensic Investigator CHFI Certification Program.

Computer Security and Computer investigations are changing terms. More tools are invented daily for conducting Computer Investigations, be it computer crime, digital forensics, computer investigations, or even standard computer data recovery. The tools and techniques covered in EC-Council’s CHFI program will prepare the student to conduct computer investigations using ground-breaking digital forensics technologies.
Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. CHFI investigators can draw on an array of methods for discovering data that resides in a computer system, or recovering deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information known as computer data recovery.

The purpose of the CHFI credential is to:

Validate the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law.

About the Exam

  • Number of Questions: 150
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM
  • Exam Prefix: 312-49 (ECC EXAM)
Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certificate

Passing Score

In order to maintain the high integrity of our certification exams, EC-Council Exams are provided in multiple forms (i.e., different question banks). Each form is carefully analyzed through beta testing with an appropriate sample group under the purview of a committee of subject matter experts that ensure that each of our exams not only has academic rigor but also has “real world” applicability. We also have a process to determine the difficulty rating of each question. The individual rating then contributes to an overall “Cut Score” for each exam form. To ensure each form has equal assessment standards, cut scores are set on a “per exam form” basis. Depending on which exam form is challenged, cut scores can range from 60% to 85%.

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification

EC-Council’s CHFI certifies individuals in the specific security discipline of computer forensics from a vendor-neutral perspective. Our digital forensics certification will fortify the application knowledge of law enforcement personnel, system administrators, security officers, defense and military personnel, legal professionals, bankers, security professionals, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure.

A CHFI certified professional will be equipped to be gainfully employed as a Computer Forensics or a Digital Forensics professional. They will be able to:

Perform incident response and computer forensics Identify data, images and/or activity which may be the target of an internal investigation
Perform electronic evidence collections Establish threat intelligence and key learning points to support pro-active profiling and scenario modelling
Perform digital forensic acquisitions as an analyst Search file slack space where PC type technologies are employed
Perform bit-stream Imaging/acquiring of the digital media seized during the process of investigation. File MAC times (Modified, Accessed, and Create dates and times) as evidence of access and event sequences
Examine and analyze text, graphics, multimedia, and digital images Examine file type and file header information
Conduct thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives, and other electronic data storage media Review e-mail communications including web mail and Internet Instant Messaging programs
Recover information and electronic data from computer hard drives and other data storage devices Examine the Internet browsing history
Follow strict data and evidence handling procedures Generate reports which detail the approach, and an audit trail which documents actions taken to support the integrity of the internal investigation process
Maintain audit trail (i.e., chain of custody) and evidence integrity
Work on technical examination, analysis, and reporting of computer-based evidence Recover active, system and hidden files with date/time stamp information
Prepare and maintain case files Crack (or attempt to crack) password protected files
Utilize forensic tools and investigative methods to find electronic data, including Perform anti-forensics detection
Internet use history, word processing documents, images, and other files Maintain awareness and follow laboratory evidence handling, evidence examination, laboratory safety, and laboratory security policy and procedures
Gather volatile and non-volatile information from Windows, MAC, and Linux Play a role of the first responder by securing and evaluating a cybercrime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting a crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting of the crime scene
Recover deleted files and partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux Perform post-intrusion analysis of electronic and digital media to determine the who, where, what, when, and how the intrusion occurred
Perform keyword searches including using target words or phrases Apply advanced forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction
Investigate events for evidence of insider threats or attacks Perform fundamental forensic activities and form a base for advanced digital forensics
Support the generation of incident reports and other collateral Identify and check the possible source/incident origin
Investigate and analyze all response activities related to cyber incidents Perform event co-relation
Plan, coordinate and direct recovery activities and incident analysis tasks Extract and analyze logs from various devices such as proxies, firewalls, IPSs, IDSes, Desktops, laptops, servers, SIM tools, routers, switches, AD servers, DHCP servers, Access Control Systems, etc.
Examine all available information and supporting evidence or artifacts related to an incident or event Ensure that reported incident or suspected weaknesses, malfunctions and deviations are handled with confidentiality
Collect data using forensic technology methods in accordance with evidence handling procedures, including a collection of hard copy and electronic documents Assist in the preparation of search and seizure warrants, court orders, and subpoenas
Conduct reverse engineering for known and suspected malware files Provide expert witness testimony in support of forensic examinations conducted by the examiner
Perform detailed evaluation of the data and any evidence of activity in order to analyze the full circumstances and implications of the event

Cybersecurity as a profession has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years and EC-Council has been on the leading edge of this profession. Practices in Network Defense, Ethical Hacking, and Penetration Testing have proven to be the pillars of cybersecurity teams across the globe and Digital Forensics is no exception. Whether you operate a team of 2 or 2,000 to tackle cyber issues facing your organization, digital forensics must be a part of the equation as a critical skill and daily practice. To learn more about the Digital Forensics domain, visit – What is Digital Forensics

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EC-Council’s Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) program

Digital forensics is a key component in Cyber Security. Many people hear the term forensics, or computer forensics, or digital forensics and instantly think that’s just for law enforcement, but the truth is, digital forensics has a key place on every cyber security team. In fact, without it, chances are your organization’s security posture and maturity will fail to see its full potential. Computer forensics is an evolving field that is always moving to match the changes in devices and how they are used for identifying, preserving, analyzing, and recovering data from computers and various digital media storage. Digital data are subjected to legal practices and guidelines when intended to serve as evidence in civil proceedings. To learn more about computer forensics, click here.

About the Program

Digital forensic practices stem from forensic science, the science of collecting and examining evidence or materials. Digital or computer forensics focuses on the digital domain including computer forensics, network forensics, and mobile forensics. As the cyber security profession evolves, organizations are learning the importance of employing digital forensic practices into their everyday activities. Computer forensic practices can help investigate attacks, system anomalies, or even help System administrators detect a problem by defining what is normal functional specifications and validating system information for irregular behaviors ares.

In the event of a cyber-attack or incident, it is critical investigations be carried out in a manner that is forensically sound to preserve evidence in the event of a breach of the law. Far too many cyber-attacks are occurring across the globe where laws are clearly broken and due to improper or non-existent forensic investigations, the cyber criminals go either unidentified, undetected, or are simply not prosecuted.

Cyber security professionals who acquire a firm grasp on the principles of digital forensics can become invaluable members of Incident Handling and Incident response teams. The Computer Forensic course provides a strong baseline knowledge of key concepts and practices in the digital forensic domains relevant to today’s organizations. CHFI provides its attendees with a firm grasp on the domains of digital forensics.

About the CHFI Exam

The CHFI certification is awarded after successfully passing the exam EC0 312-49. CHFI EC0 312-49 exams are available at ECC exam center around the world.

CHFI Exam Details
  • Number of Questions: 150
  • Test Duration: 4 hours
  • Test Format: Multiple choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC exam portal
Passing Score

In order to maintain the high integrity of our certifications exams, EC-Council Exams are provided in multiple forms (I.e. different question banks). Each form is carefully analyzed through beta testing with an appropriate sample group under the purview of a committee of subject matter experts that ensure that each of our exams not only has academic rigor but also has “real world” applicability. We also have a process to determine the difficulty rating of each question. The individual rating then contributes to an overall “Cut Score” for each exam form. To ensure each form has equal assessment standards, cut scores are set on a “per exam form” basis. Depending on which exam form is challenged, cut scores can range from 60% to 78%.

Who Is It For?

The CHFI program is designed for all IT professionals involved with information system security, computer forensics, and incident response.

Target Audience
  • Police and other law enforcement personnel
  • Defense and Military personnel
  • e-Business Security professionals
  • Systems administrators
  • Legal professionals
  • Banking, Insurance and other professionals
  • Government agencies
  • IT managers

CHFI Course Outline

  • Computer Forensics in Today’s World
  • Computer Forensics Investigation Process
  • Understanding Hard Disks and File Systems
  • Operating System Forensics
  • Defeating Anti-Forensics Techniques
  • Data Acquisition and Duplication
  • Network Forensics
  • Investigating Web Attacks
  • Database Forensics
  • Cloud Forensics
  • Malware Forensics
  • Investigating E-mail Crimes
  • Mobile Forensics
  • Investigative Reports
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Training Options

iLearn (Self-Study)
This solution is an asynchronous, self-study environment that delivers EC-Council’s sought-after CHFI, digital forensics training courses in a streaming video format.

iWeek (Live Online)
This solution is a live, online, instructor-led training course, which means you can attend the CHFI, digital forensics training course with a live instructor from anywhere with an internet connection.

Master Class
This solution offers you the opportunity to learn the CHFI, digital forensics program from world-class instructors, and the opportunity to collaborate with top digital forensics professionals.

Training Partner (In Person)
This solution offers “in-person” training for digital forensics so that you can get the benefit of collaborating with your peers and gaining real-world skills, conveniently located in your backyard.

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Advisory Board


William Yurek
Founder / President
Inspired Hacking Solutions, LLC
Prof. Dr. Krishna SEEBURN
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR – Cybersecurity, Professor – Cyberwarfare – National Defence University, Dept. of Justice, FBI
JoAnne Genevieve Green
Senior-level Academic Technologist and Cybersecurity Educator,
University of Piittburgh
Dr. Merrick S. Watchorn, DMIST
Sr. Executive Director,
ManTech & Chair Quantum Security Alliance (QSA)
Jefferson Gutierrez
Director Forensic Data Analytics & Cyber Forensics,
Max Alexander
Chief Technology Officer and Director of Cybersecurity,
Aveshka , Inc.
Georg Grabner
CISA Advisory Achitect IDM / Solution Developer,
Joseph Shenouda
Cyber Defense Principal (ASOC) & Trusted Adviser | FMR Defense Sr. Intelligence Officer,
David Martin-Woodgate
Director of Digital Forensics and Investigations
Lineal Cyber Limited
Tushar S. Vagal
IT – Head
Larsen & Toubro Realty
Dr. Ranjeet Kumar Singh
Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science India, SIFS INDIA Forensic Lab
Dr. Akashdeep Bhardwaj
Operations (India), Head of Cyber Security
British Telecom Security
Vijay Kumar Verma
VP & Head, Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC)
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
Dr. JS Sodhi
Dr. JS Sodhi Group CIO & Sr Vice President- Amity Education Group, Executive Director-Cyborg Cyber Forensics & Information Security Pvt Ltd. CCFIS)
Ranjeet Rai
Head – Cybersecurity
Abbott India limited
Chris Pearson
Vice President – IT Infrastructure & security
Dr. J R Reagan
Vice Dean
Endicott College of International Studies
Thanwa Wathahong
Deloitte Forensic
Dawie Wentzel
Absa Group Ltd
Head of Cyber Forensic Investigations

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