The Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis (IDEA) training program teaches the student how to navigate through the two most commonly used computer forensic suites in the United States, Guidance Software’s EnCase and Access Data's Ultimate Toolkit. Additionally, it will provide the student with an introduction to digital forensic specific legal issues.
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. To help alleviate the high tempo and stress associated with SCERS, the IDEA course was designed as an introduction to the interfaces of the forensic suites currently being taught in the Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS). Additionally, it gives the student time for an introduction/refresher on the current trends in digital law at the federal level.
As IDEA is primarily a digital forensic preparatory program, its overhead and cost are relatively modest. Neither software, hardware nor forensic textbooks are issued during this program. The knowledge and experience necessary in passing SCERS are gained by the student in IDEA curriculum. IDEA bridges the Digital Evidence Acquisition Specialist Training Program (DEASTP) and SCERS.
- Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws or law enforcement support personnel whose duties include identifying, seizing and acquiring digital evidence.
- Successful completion of FLETC's Digital Evidence Acquisition Specialist Training Program (DEASTP) or equivalent is required for admission to the IDEA. 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. The equivalency training is subject to prior approval by the IDEA Program Coordinator. (Contact us for waiver approvals.)
- Participants are expected to have experience in seizing and imaging desktop and notebook computers and associated media in a forensically sound manner as well as substantial experience with the Microsoft Windows© Operating System or equivalent GUI based system(s).
Required Training Materials
- Electronic Law and Evidence
- Forensic Hardware
- Forensic analysis of digital data in a Windows environment
Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer to register for training, email questions to FLETCAdmissions@fletc.dhs.gov or telephone 912-267-3344.
State, local and tribal officers requesting training should register online. If organizational support is required or you have additional needs, please email email@example.com or call us at 1-800-743-5382.
International (non-US) personnel should email FLETCfirstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 912-261-4023.
Program Contact Info
Glynco: (912) 267-2702