Digital forensics practices stem from forensic science, the science of collecting and examining evidence or materials. Digital or computer forensics focuses on the digital domain including computer forensics, network forensics, and mobile forensics

EC-Council – Introduction to Forensics Examination

What is CHFI?

Digital forensics practices stem from forensic science, the science of collecting and examining evidence or materials. Digital or computer forensics focuses on the digital domain including computer forensics, network forensics, and mobile forensics. As the cyber security profession evolves, organizations are learning the importance of employing digital forensic practices into their everyday activities. Computer forensic practices can help investigate attacks, system anomalies, or even help System administrators detect a problem by defining what is normal functional specifications and validating system information for irregular behaviors.

In the event of a cyber-attack or incident, it is critical investigations be carried out in a manner that is forensically sound to preserve evidence in the event of a breach of the law. Far too many cyber-attacks are occurring across the globe where laws are clearly broken and due to improper or non-existent forensic investigations, the cyber criminals go either unidentified, undetected, or are simply not prosecuted.

Cyber security professionals who acquire a firm grasp on the principles of digital forensics can become invaluable members of Incident Handling and Incident response teams. The Computer Forensic course provides a strong baseline knowledge of key concepts and practices in the digital forensic domains relevant to today’s organizations. CHFI provides its attendees with a firm grasp on the domains of digital forensics.

Validate the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law.

Why should you attend?

Cybersecurity as a profession has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years and EC-Council has been on the leading edge of this profession. Practices in Network Defense, Ethical Hacking, and Penetration Testing have proven to be the pillars of cybersecurity teams across the globe and Digital Forensics is no exception. Whether you operate a team of 2 or 2,000 to tackle cyber issues facing your organization, digital forensics must be a part of the equation as a critical skill and daily practice.

Who Should Attend?

The CHFI program is designed for all IT professionals involved with information system security, computer forensics, and incident response. The Target Audience are:

  • Police and other law enforcement personnel
  • Defense and Military personnel
  • E-Business Security professionals
  • Systems administrators
  • Legal professionals
  • Banking, Insurance and other professionals
  • Government agencies
  • IT managers

Learning Objectivies:

Validate the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law.

Will be able to:

  • Perform incident response and computer forensics: Identify data, images and/or activity which may be the target of an internal investigation;
  • Perform electronic evidence collections: Establish threat intelligence and key learning points to support pro-active profiling and scenario modelling;
  • Perform digital forensic acquisitions as an analyst: Search file slack space where PC type technologies are employed;
  • Perform bit-stream Imaging/acquiring of the digital media seized during the process of investigation. File MAC times (Modified, Accessed, and Create dates and times) as evidence of access and event sequences;
  • Examine and analyze text, graphics, multimedia, and digital images: Examine file type and file header information;
  • Conduct thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives, and other electronic data storage media: Review e-mail communications including web mail and Internet Instant Messaging programs;
  • Recover information and electronic data from computer hard drives and other data storage devices: Examine the Internet browsing history;
  • Follow strict data and evidence handling procedures: Generate reports which detail the approach, and an audit trail which documents actions taken to support the integrity of the internal investigation process;
  • Maintain audit trail (i.e., chain of custody) and evidence integrity;
  • Work on technical examination, analysis, and reporting of computer-based evidence: Recover active, system and hidden files with date/time stamp information;
  • Prepare and maintain case files: Crack (or attempt to crack) password protected files;
  • Utilize forensic tools and investigative methods to find electronic data, including: Perform anti-forensics detection;
  • Internet use history, word processing documents, images, and other files: Maintain awareness and follow laboratory evidence handling, evidence examination, laboratory safety, and laboratory security policy and procedures;
  • Gather volatile and non-volatile information from Windows, MAC, and Linux: Play a role of the first responder by securing and evaluating a cybercrime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting a crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting of the crime scene;
  • Recover deleted files and partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux: Perform post-intrusion analysis of electronic and digital media to determine the who, where, what, when, and how the intrusion occurred;
  • Perform keyword searches including using target words or phrases: Apply advanced forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction;
  • Investigate events for evidence of insider threats or attacks: Perform fundamental forensic activities and form a base for advanced digital forensics;
  • Support the generation of incident reports and other collateral: Identify and check the possible source/incident origin;
  • Investigate and analyze all response activities related to cyber incidents: Perform event co-relation;
  • Plan, coordinate and direct recovery activities and incident analysis tasks: Extract and analyze logs from various devices such as proxies, firewalls, IPSs, IDSes, Desktops, laptops, servers, SIM tools, routers, switches, AD servers, DHCP servers, Access Control Systems, etc.;
  • Examine all available information and supporting evidence or artifacts related to an incident or event: Ensure that reported incident or suspected weaknesses, malfunctions and deviations are handled with confidentiality;
  • Collect data using forensic technology methods in accordance with evidence handling procedures, including a collection of hard copy and electronic documents: Assist in the preparation of search and seizure warrants, court orders, and subpoenas;
  • Conduct reverse engineering for known and suspected malware files: Provide expert witness testimony in support of forensic examinations conducted by the examiner;
  • Perform detailed evaluation of the data and any evidence of activity in order to analyze the full circumstances and implications of the event.


A fundamental understanding of Microsoft, Linux, MAC, Devices Network.

Exam Format

  • Number of Questions: 150
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM
  • Exam Prefix: 312-49 (ECC EXAM)
  • Passing Score: from 60% to 78%.

General Information

  • Training is available in a variety of modalities including live conference training, online, and self study.
  • Practical work experience can help ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification
  • College level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.
  • The procedure to contest exam results can be found at

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