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Certified Digital Forensic Examiner

Phase2 Advantage: Certified Digital Forensic Examiner

The Certified Digital Forensics Examiner certification course is designed to train Cyber Crime and Fraud Investigation students in the use of electronic discovery and advanced investigation techniques. This course is essential to anyone encountering, collecting, handling, or analyzing digital evidence during the course of an investigation.

Students will learn methodologies to implement forensically sound investigative techniques and industry best practices that withstand legal challenges in a court of law.  Topics include evaluation and preservation of crime scenes, collection and documentation of relevant evidence, professional interview and corroboration techniques, maintaining a secure chain-of-custody, and writing a concluding report.

This certification will benefit organizations, individuals, government offices, and law enforcement agencies interested in pursuing litigation, proof of guilt, or corrective action based on digital evidence.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives

01) Introduction to Digital Forensics
02) Application of Digital Forensics in Cyber Crime
03) Overview: Hacker History and Subculture
04) Computer Forensic Incidents
05) Computer Forensic Investigative Process
06) Overview: Disk Storage Concepts
07) Acquiring Digital Evidence
08) Digital Acquisition Tools
09) Forensic Examination Protocols
10) Digital Evidence Protocols

11) Computer Forensic Investigative Theory
12) Digital Evidence Presentations
13) Computer Forensic Lab Protocols
14) Computer Forensic Processing Techniques
15) Digital Forensic Reporting
16) Specialized Artifact Recovery
17) Electronic Discovery and ESI
18) Mobile Device Forensics
19) USB and External Media Forensics
20) Incident Handling and Response

Course Materials

Hardcopy Training Materials

Digital Training Materials

Course Textbook(s)
Course Workbook
Supplemental Handout
USB Drives, Pens, Pads

Course Workbook
Course Video Series
CEU Completion Certificate
Course Exam Simulator

Certification Exam Included in Course Fee

Additional Information


5 Days

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The Certified Digital Forensic Examiner course is a component of the career progression track that supports the following Categories, Specialty Areas and Work Roles as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework:

Exploitation Analyst

Cyber Crime Investigator

Law Enforcement / Counterintelligence Forensics Analyst

All Source – Collection Manager

Cyber Intel Planner

Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst

Average Yearly Salary:

Certification Examination

Phase2 Advantage Certification Exam

Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the Digital Forensics Examiner certification examination.  The proctored examination will be offered at the conclusion of the final training day.

Students will have two hours to complete a computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn the certification.  Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a hardcopy of their certification and a proctor validation document from the course instructor.  Students will also receive a 40-hour CPE Certificate regardless of their exam score.

The examination is “closed book.”  However, students will be able to use their notes taken during the presentation of the lecture material.  Proctored examinations and proctor validation documents are only available for courses taken in a physical classroom environment

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