The Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis (IDEA) training program teaches the student how to navigate through commonly used computer forensic tools. IDEA will provide the student with an introduction to computer related theory, technology and digital forensic analysis in general. Additionally, IDEA will provide the student with an introduction to-specific legal issues via FLETC legal instructors who provide the latest case law in this judicially dynamic area of law.
The IDEA training program was born out of necessity. As the digital forensic suites have become more and more powerful, the amount of time needed to adequately teach their interface has grown accordingly. The IDEA course was designed as a comprehensive introduction to the interfaces of the forensic suites. As well as a digital forensic overview, students are afforded a broad overview of the FTK interface and provided ample opportunity in mock cases to acquaint themselves with the tool.
As IDEA is primarily a digital forensic preparatory program, its overhead and cost are relatively modest. Neither software nor hardware are issued during this program. The knowledge and experience necessary in passing Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist Training Program (SCERS) are gained by the student in IDEA curriculum. IDEA bridges the Digital Evidence Acquisition Specialist Training Program (DEASTP) and SCERS.
For acceptance into this program, the applicant must meet the below standards:
- Be employed in law enforcement or law enforcement related positions and have assigned duties that require knowledge of the subject matter.
- Successfully completed Digital Evidence Acquisition Specialist Training Program (DEASTP) or equivalent. Applicants that have not attended FLETC's DEASTP may attend the IDEA training program if they have experience and knowledge, acquired through formal education and/or on-the-job training, which is equivalent to that which is presented within the DEASTP.
- Experience with the Microsoft Windows© Operating System or equivalent GUI based system(s), and imaging in a forensically sound environment.
Required Training Materials
- Electronic Law and Evidence
- Forensic Hardware
- Forensic analysis of digital data in a Windows environment
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