Learning the Basic Skills

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Anonymous

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A medium term objective of mine is to move into this area. But where to start? Where and how do I learn the basics? Is there a beginners guide anywhere? How do get the basic skills to build on?

Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
 
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Computer forensic skills are a combination of many others. The most basic of these is a sound interstanding of information technology.

That would be (and was) my starting point. Allied to this, study of computer security and the methodologies and techniques for this is also a basic requirement.

Combining these two skills and knowledge sets, and throwing in a smattering of common sense and legal knowledge, and you are well on your way.

Good luck.
 
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I would buy a book or two at the start, partly to see how much you understand and how far you have to go, and partyl to see how much you really want to do it.
 
Sep 2, 2004
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Prior to writing my book, I offered a course in Windows 2000 incident response. Now that the book has been completed, I'm again offering the course, but including Windows XP and 2003.

H. Carvey
"Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery"
 
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Anonymous

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Forensics Degree

<t>There is a B.S. of Digital and Computer Forensics offered by Champlain College, Burlington, VT. This degree can be obtained via On Line as well.<br/>
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champlain.edu</t>
 

Casey

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Oct 16, 2004
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Courses offered...

<t>There are companies offering courses in computer forensics. I took a Computer Forensics Basic Boot Camp course put on last week in Albuquerque, NM by CyberEvidence Inc.<br/>
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Great guys and extremely knowledgeable!<br/>
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- Casey</t>
 

mafiasoft

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As for me, I'd like to start building myself on computer forensics but i've little idea on infotech (I'm still a 200level student in the university).

So what do u suggest I do? Or how or where do I start from?
 
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How do I...?

<t>My son is VERY interested in ths field and enjoys digging around his own computers finding this left by old progams, etc. He has very little knowledge in IT except that of a user, but he is a quick study and LOVES to dig for this sort of thing. He goes to the library and gets the Windows System Resource Kit books and reads them. He gets all kinds of Windows Secrets and insider books. He seems to really love this. He pokes around on Sysinternals, etc.<br/>
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Do you have advice to offer him about how to get started in this field? Where to go for education...how to learn what he needs to know? He is located in the NYC area. Any help you can offer is GREATLY appreciated.<br/>
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Sue</t>
 

gralfus

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To be a competent forensics specialist, he will need a solid understanding of how computers work, and how data is stored and retreived from various media.

He should look into getting the A+, Network+, and maybe Security+ certifications. The information will give him a good grounding in the hardware, operating system, and basic networking of computers. Get involved in computer clubs at school, and take any classes he can get on the subject. Getting his feet wet with Linux is also a good path. There are colleges in that area that have degrees in this field, and they would be his best resource for hands on training. You might have him contact companies in the area that may be willing to train him.

There are free forensics tools available on the web that are Linux based, such as "Helix", and the older "Penguin Sleuth Kit".
 

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