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Computer Technology Programs ►Mobile Data Forensics and Analysis Course For Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Investigation Professionals




This training program combines a 4 course training tracks:

  • Basic Intelligence Analytic Tools
  • Advanced Intelligence Analytic Tools
  • Cellular Analysis and Data Forensics
  • Federal Intelligence program

Mobile device forensics is a branch of digital forensics relating to recovery of digital evidence or data from a mobile device under forensically sound conditions. The use of phones in crime and terrorism has been widely recognized for some years, but the forensic study of mobile devices is a relatively new field. A proliferation of phones (particularly smartphones) on the consumer market caused a demand for forensic examination of the devices, which could not be met by existing computer forensics technicians. Understanding and having knowledge of the Intelligence Community mission, vision, goals, and values as a mobile forensics professional is invaluable to your position, whether you are working as a law enforcement officer or in a federal capacity.


The Job Outlook

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.

Basic Intelligence Analytic Tools

Course Description

An introduction to various analytic techniques and toolsets. Strong emphasis on the use of free and/or open source tools to research and analyze datasets through link and geospatial analysis. Focus on data visualization and presentation.


Course Introduction

Course covers the use of publicly available internet resources to research people, places, events, and trends. Course provides instruction for using software to perform basic link analysis and mind mapping exercises. Course introduces software for manipulation and visualization raw data in the form of spreadsheets. Various sample datasets will be explored and tied to realistic scenarios. Course raises the fundamentals of geospatial analysis and guides students through basic functionality of a geospatial and mapping program.


Course Outcomes

  • 1. Extrapolate data through open source research
  • 2. Define terms related to link analysis
  • 3. Create basic link analysis charts
  • 4. Manipulate raw datasets for analysis
  • 5. Identify geospatial related terminology
  • 6. Apply geospatial analysis to a given problem set
  • 7. Prepare basic geospatial products
  • 8. Leverage open source tools to answer unknowns

Advanced Intelligence Analytic Tools

Course Description

A deeper look at analytic techniques and toolsets. Focus on the use of free and/or open source tools to perform network and geospatial analysis. Methods of big data analysis, social network analysis, spatial analysis, and telephony analysis will be explored.


Course Introduction

Course covers advanced spreadsheet manipulation and data visualization techniques. Course provides instruction for using software to perform complex social network analysis calculations and apply layouts to quickly organize large datasets. Course introduces students to industry standard tools, while providing hands on experience with rough equivalents. Various sample datasets will be explored and tied to realistic scenarios. Course addresses sophisticated geospatial technologies including instruction for a Geographic Information System (GIS). Advanced geospatial concepts will be explored and applied to real-world scenarios.


Course Outcomes

  • 1. Summarize data through charts and graphs
  • 2. Compare industry standard network analysis tools
  • 3. Manipulate raw data in order to develop analytical conclusions
  • 4. Define network analysis terminology
  • 5. Identify trends using social network analysis
  • 6. Demonstrate ability to utilize a Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • 7. Create professional products
  • 8. Recognize and apply advanced geospatial techniques

Cellular Analysis and Data Forensics

Course Description

An examination of digital forensics with an emphasis on cellular data investigations. Concentration on the process of legally obtaining and handling digital evidence. Data analysis and exploration tools will be examined.


Course Introduction

Course covers legal process for obtaining cellular data records and other digital evidence. Course walks through the use of different software used to exploit and analyze digital media including but not limited to cellular phones, memory cards, and computer hard drives. Course explores the cellular system along with the use and scope of historical and temporal cellular analysis. Course expands on Geographic Information System (GIS) topics and adds additional procedures for data investigation. Course provides extensive walk-throughs providing students with hands-on experience with tools through real-world scenarios.


Course Outcomes

  • 1. Recognize potential sources for desired information
  • 2. Identify requirements for search warrants and supporting legal documentation including common pitfalls
  • 3. Determine the role of cellular providers in data collection
  • 4. Conduct measures of proving proper data handling
  • 5. Demonstrate ability to normalize dissimilar datasets
  • 6. Create professional products based on cellular data
  • 7. Identify fundamentals of physical device forensics
  • 8. Conduct evidence recovery from a mobile device

Federal Intelligence program

Course Description

An introduction to the intelligence discipline and applications within federal intelligence and law enforcement. Focus is on various intelligence customers and the intelligence creation process. Analysis strategies are also be examined.


Course Introduction

Course covers various definitions of intelligence and examines intelligence customers, to include those in law enforcement and federal agencies. Course details the flow of strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence from multiple perspectives, concentrating on intelligence collection. Course introduces intelligence disciplines along with the associated strengths and weaknesses. Course discusses analytic strategies and pitfalls concerning intelligence analysis.


Course Outcomes

  • 1. Define intelligence
  • 2. Differentiate between intelligence and information
  • 3. Identify various types of intelligence and their uses
  • 4. Compare how the law enforcement community and the intelligence community define and use intelligence
  • 5. Explain the overall function of the intelligence process
  • 6. Match intelligence disciplines to their applications and limitations
  • 7. Differentiate between strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence
  • 8. Apply analytic techniques to real world scenarios


Basic Analysis and Data Concepts

  • Open Source Research
  • Link Analysis Basics
  • Introducing Raw Data
  • Manipulating Raw Data
  • Geospatial Basics
  • Applying Geospatial to Data
  • GPS and Temporal Analysis
  • Visual Image Interpretation

Advanced Intelligence Analytic Tools

  • Analyzing Raw Data
  • Network Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Creating Maps in GIS
  • Vector and Spatial Analysis in GIS
  • Telephony Analysis

Cellular Analysis and Data Forensics

  • Search Warrants
  • Acquiring Cellular Records
  • Processing Cellular Records
  • Cellular System and Historical Geolocation
  • Cellular Records in GIS
  • Physical Device Forensics
  • Cellular Data Forensics

Federal Intelligence program

  • Intelligence
  • Intelligence Customers
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Intelligence Process – Requirements / Planning and Direction
  • Intelligence Process – Collection / Processing
  • Intelligence Process – Collection / Processing
  • Intelligence Process – Analysis
  • Intelligence Process – Dissemination

Certifications

Upon successful completion ofthis course, students will receive a certificate from Auburn University in Mobile Data Forensics and Analysis Course ForLaw Enforcement, Intelligence and Investigation Professionals


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