edX: Computer Forensics

Digital Marketing Certificate
Cornell University via eCornell

Digital forensics involves the investigation of computer-related crimes with the goal of obtaining evidence to be presented in a court of law.

In this course, you will learn the principles and techniques for digital forensics investigation and the spectrum of available computer forensics tools. You will learn about core forensics procedures to ensure court admissibility of evidence, as well as the legal and ethical implications. You will learn how to perform a forensic investigation on both Unix/Linux and Windows systems with different file systems. You will also be guided through forensic procedures and review and analyze forensics reports.

This offering is part of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program that prepares students to enter and advance in the field of computing security.


Week 1: Digital Forensics Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Incident response
  • digital forensics four-step procedure
  • Concepts: computer/network/Internet forensic and anti-forensics 
Week 2: Unix/Linux fundamentals
  • Unix/Linux incident response tools
  • Unix/Linux file systems (Ext2/Ext3) 
Week 3: Unix/Linux Forensic Investigation
  • Unix/Linux forensics investigation steps and technologies
  • Unix/Linux forensics case studies
Week 4: Windows Incident Response
  • Memory forensics
  • Windows incident response tools 
Week 5: Windows fundamentals
  • Windows file systems
  • Windows forensics tools 
Week 6: Windows Forensic Investigation
  • Windows acquisition
  • Windows forensics analysis – registry and other artifacts 
Week 7: Advanced artifacts
  • Loadable kernel module rootkits
  • Steganography hiding, detection and analysis 
Week 8: Review and Everything Together
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Upcoming
Subject Cybersecurity
Provider edX
Language English
Hours 10-12 hours a week
Calendar 8 weeks long

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