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Digital Forensics

The analysis of the digital footprints is in the focus of digital forensics (playing a sort of digital detectives).

The acquired knowledge assist us in making systems function better as well as discovering various criminal activities, breaches in security, violation of privacy and threats to the human well-being through digital evidence that may be used in court of law.

  • Course structure

    The intent of the course is to provide you with an insight in the area of digital forensics that ranges from investigating the impact of the technological crimes (in our case it refers mainly to information and communications sciences) to mining data whose eventual analysis would show you whether and how an arbitrary system (such as a network or even the Internet) works.

    Digital forensics covers a wide spectrum of disciplines such as operating and networking systems (the Internet as well), digital archives including working storage, disks, memory dongles, the operation of small scale digital devices (PDAs and mobile phones), digital signatures and profiling, detection and prevention of intrusion systems, policies and laws, ethical standards, intellectual property rights, digital rights management, risk analysis and compliance and the principles of information warfare and cyber-terrorism.

    You will be provided with the affordances of a dedicated lab with state–of-the-art equipment for Cyber Scene Investigations (CSI lab) where have the opportunity to use a variety of professional-grade forensic tools and carry out independent group projects.

    We do hope that this blend of computer science, information system security, legal issues, search mechanisms for e-evidence and intelligent procedures for data discovery will be a challenging experience in the possibilities and the pitfalls of the Digital world, where even our human prints are in a digital form.

    Digital forensics is among the “hottest” technological and scientific areas at the moment that provide a fairly large variety of professional positions in corporations, various governmental agencies such as financial, low enforcement, legal and wherever there is a need for fusion of core computer and systems science with the economic and social aspects of living and working in a Digital world.

    It is a unique opportunity to engage in variety of possibilities such as becoming digital investigators and detectives, court experts, guardians of corporate and institutional compliance and in general be on the first lines preventing the world around you moving into the direction of digital calamities.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of teaching sessions and supervision.

    Assessment

    The course is examined as follows: 

    • written examination
    • written assignments

    Examiner

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    This course is part of a programme or and is not available for application as a stand-alone course.

    Find more information about Master’s programmes here

    If you are a student at one of our Master’s programmes and have questions about the course, please contact the student counsellors