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Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification

EC-Council’s CHFI certifies individuals in the specific security discipline of computer forensics from a vendor-neutral perspective. The CHFI 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 v9 certified professional will be able to:

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

Cyber security 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 cyber security 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.

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 organizations Security posture and maturity will fail to see its full potential

About the ProgramAbout the ExamCourse OutlineWho Is It For?CHFI v8 Exam Retirement

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.

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 Hacking Forensic Investigator 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 a firm grasp on the domains of digital forensics.

About the 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
  • Passing Score: 70%
  • Test Duration: 4 hours
  • Test Format: Multiple choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC exam portal

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 Email Crimes
  • Mobile Forensics
  • Investigative Reports

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 v8 Exam Retirement

CHFI v8 exam will retire on Aug 31 ,2017.

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