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04/30/2005 - Introduction to Computer Forensics

Forensics is today’s hot new topic. Thanks to network television, forensic investigations have captured the imagination of students everywhere. Scientific investigation for the purpose of establishing solid evidence for legal matters and for public debate is no longer an arcane subject pursued by eggheads in laboratories. Forensics now covers a broad swathe through many disciplines – chemistry, archeology, medicine, and computers.

Speaking for computers, Dr. John Shovic, Eastern Washington University (EWU) Computer Science Professors asks, “Did you know that anytime you write a Word file, you leave evidence all over your hard drive? Did you know that when you surf to a Web site, there is all sorts of evidence that you leave on your hard disk drive and on log files spread across the Internet? When you send an e-mail, the e-mail is sent out in clear text that can be read by anybody with access to the network?” The study of these logs and fragments, what is on the hard disk drive, and what they tell about user activities is called Computer Forensics.

Computer Forensics is a complex topic including understanding where the bytes are on the hard disk, what has been sent across the network to other computers, and how to preserve the chain of evidence so crimes committed can be prosecuted.

This summer, Shovic is offering, for the first time, Computer Forensics (CSCD-398-35) to be taught at the Riverpoint Campus. This course takes a detailed hands-on approach to the investigation of incidents in which computers or computer technology play a significant or interesting role. According to Shovic, “students completing this course will be familiar with the core computer science theory and practical skills necessary to perform rudimentary computer forensic investigations. They will understand the role of technology in investigating computer-based crime, and will be prepared to deal with investigative bodies at a rudimentary level.” The course includes a lab component, and writing assignments are part of the course.

Course topics will include: computer crime – present and future; introduction to Windows and Linux forensics; introduction to network forensics; forensic tools; identifying file types; file slack, ram slack, drive slack, and unallocated space; magnetic storage media fundamentals; disk geometry and related issues; data hiding methods; keyword searches; imaging floppy disks; imaging hard disks; and restoring erased files.

Computer Forensics, CSCD 398, will meet in the Riverpoint Phase I Classroom Building, room 112. The class will meet on Wednesdays only, from 6pm to 9pm. The course will meet first on Wednesday June 22.

Summer registration is open NOW, -- it started April 25. Continuing students from EWU can enroll on the web via EagleNet, at EagleNet.ewu.edu. Other students should enroll in person at:
EWU Spokane Center
795 W 1st Ave, Spokane
Hours 8am to 5pm Mon – Friday
For more information, contact Dr John Shovic by e-mail at jshovic@mail.ewu.edu.

Billie Moreland
 
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