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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)
  • 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
    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
    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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    Testimonials

    IAN TAN, LEAD CONSULTANT AT NCS GROUP, TALKS ABOUT Our Digital Forensics Training PROGRAM Over the past years, I have acquired experience as an Information Technology Consultant at NCS Group but my zeal to learn brought me to EC-Council’s Computer Hacking…

    MLADEN PREKRAT, CYBER SECURITY EXPERT AT HRVATSKI TELEKOM, TALKS ABOUT THE EC-COUNCIL CHFI COURSE I always had a zeal for learning new things. I have spent my entire professional life working at #HrvatskiTelekom, gaining experience in various roles. This gave me access to know…

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