In your capacity as a digital forensic investigator of Worldwide Investigations Ltd. you have been requested to lead the team that has been assigned to investigate a potentially compromised system.
The system’s owner has been charged with offences that relate to accessing servers and downloading illicit photographs of cats on their system. However, they deny any allegations claiming the presence of the illicit material must have been the result of some malicious software that downloaded the material without their knowledge.
You are provided with the digital forensic image of the suspect’s system and you need to work on the following areas to complete the investigation.
PART A – Digital Forensic Tools and Techniques
There is a large range of digital forensic tools available that aim to support a digital forensic investigation by accommodating different devices, platforms, and techniques.
You are required to produce a report that critically evaluates and discusses the range of tools you considered and the toolkit you created and made use for the investigation of the provided scenario.
PART B – Digital Forensic Analysis and Reporting
You are required to carry out a digital forensic examination of the evidence file you have been supplied with and forensically examine its contents.
You need to produce a digital forensics report that describes the process you followed and presents your findings. It is therefore essential that you follow a formal investigation methodology throughout the analysis.
Your findings should be presented in a factual way and include any relevant information that was discovered during your investigation.
PART C – Contemporaneous Notes
As part of your digital forensic investigation, you should maintain the chain of custody. As evidence of this you need to submit the contemporaneous notes that reflect the work you have undertaken for the analysis in PART B.
You may use a specialist tool to securely record your digital notes.
The brief will be discussed in class the day the PMA will be released,and it will be followed by a Q&A session with the students.
You are expected to use appropriate peer reviewed sources for developing your arguments and the Harvard referencing style as per the University regulations.
All submissions should be made in PDF format as a single file.