CYT215 - IT Security Forensics

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Subject Title
IT Security Forensics

Subject Description
Students will analyze the different characteristics of hackers including types of hackers, their motivations, techniques and attitudes. The students will examine the different types of computer crimes together with how these crimes are related to hacking strategies and techniques.  Examining how hackers target networks and the methods followed in these attacks is an essential part of computer forensics. Using computer forensics, students will know how to conduct the appropriate investigations that will uncover and quantify attacks and identify potential vulnerabilities.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Utilize a systematic approach to computer investigations in order to find information and data of value to an investigation that is stored on, received or transmitted by an electronic device
2. Utilize various forensic tools to collect digital evidence
3.Illustrate computer forensics analysis addressing data-hiding techniques and methods of recovering graphics files
4. Perform digital forensics analysis on Windows, MAC and LINUX operating systems to collect digital evidence
5. Perform email investigations in order to collect digital evidence.
6.Analyze file systems and file structures of multiple operating systems including virtual machines and live acquisitions to find the vulnerability and risk?
7.Determine the preparations necessary to pursue computer forensics investigations as a profession.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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