Course Introduction

Diploma in Cyber Forensic Investigation

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum
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  • Case Studies
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The Professional Diploma in Cyber Forensic Investigation by SIFS India is a specialized course focusing on digital devices, networks, and systems investigation to gather electronic evidence for legal purposes.

The course will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a cyber-forensic investigation, analyze digital evidence, present findings in a court of law, and meet the rising demand for digital detectives in today’s technologically advanced society.

This comprehensive course covers several topics like the evolution of cyber forensics, types of cyber crimes, the role of the first responder, electronic evidence handling, the Privacy Act, digital evidence characteristics and collection, understanding hard disks and file systems, collecting volatile and non-volatile information, password security and cracking, file recovery, types of email crimes, mobile forensics processes and challenges, computer forensics report writing, types of expert witnesses, and their role in courtroom.

You will become skilled at handling a wide spectrum of cyber crimes, from cyber attacks that threaten national security to cyber fraud that affects people in general, along with various computer-related offenses. Become a protector of data and enhance your career prospects.

You can work with law enforcement and government agencies, telecommunication companies, eCommerce and online businesses, consulting firms, education and training institutes, etc. The sky is the limit after completing this course. Become a sought-after digital fraud investigator, providing justice in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

  • Curriculum


    This module covers computer forensics evolution, objectives, and benefits; computer-related crimes, the forensic investigation process for cybercrimes, and the role of a forensic investigator. You will also learn ways to access computer forensics resources, the concept of corporate investigation and electronic trading information (ETI), the importance of planning, and legal issues and reports related to computer forensic investigations.


    In this module, you will learn about the role of first responders in handling electronic evidence and the steps they must follow, the components of a first responder toolkit, the role of laboratory staff in the initial response, the checklist needed for first responders, guidelines for packaging and transporting electronic evidence, and common mistakes to avoid. The module also covers the process of collecting, storing, and preserving electronic evidence, along with the skills to conduct preliminary interviews and document the electronic crime scene.


    This module focuses on legalities associated with searching and seizing computers, conditions under which searches can be performed and objects can be seized without a warrant (emphasizing the Fourth Amendment's "Reasonable Expectation of Privacy" concept), searching and seizing computers with a warrant, steps to execute computer searches in accordance with privacy protection acts like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, post-seizure issues, electronic surveillance in communication networks, and ways to differentiate content from information and evidence authentication in computer forensics.


    In this module, you will learn about the significance of digital evidence in computer security incidents, the types and characteristics of digital evidence, the Best Evidence Rule and the Federal Rules of Evidence that outline how to use digital evidence during legal proceedings, international principles for computer evidence, and the role of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE). The module also covers considerations related to digital evidence across different crime categories and the steps involved in collecting and examining digital evidence from crime scenes.


    This module focuses on hard disk drives and their history, solid-state drives (SSD), the physical and logical structure of hard disks, different types of hard disk interfaces, components, and disk partitions, and the boot processes of Windows and Mac operating systems. You will also learn boot processes for Windows and Macintosh, file systems and their histories, an overview of file systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Sun Solaris 10), CD-ROM and DVD file systems, RAID storage systems, RAID levels, and how to analyze file systems using the Sleuth Kit.


    This module covers an overview of window forensics, volatile information, network and process information, non-volatile information, collection of non-volatile data (registry settings and event logs), memory dump analysis, and parsing process memory. You will also learn about forensic investigation of Windows systems (IIS, FTP, and system firewall logs), the importance of audit events and event logs, static and dynamic event log analysis techniques, Windows password security, analysis of restore point registry settings, and various forensic tools.


    This module focuses on investigating computer crimes, computer forensic investigation methodology, steps to obtain a search warrant, evaluating and securing the crime scene, and collecting and preserving evidence. You will also explore several techniques implemented by computer forensic experts for acquiring and analyzing data, the significance of the gathered evidence, and case assessment methods. The module also highlights the steps to prepare a final investigation report and the role of expert witness testimony in court.


    In this module, you will learn about file recovery on Windows, MAC, and Linux systems using specific file recovery tools tailored for each platform. The module also covers techniques to identify creation dates, last accessed dates of files, and deleted sub-directories to aid in the recovery process. Additionally, the module also highlights techniques for recovering deleted partitions and provides a list of partition recovery tools for this purpose.


    This module covers Encase Forensics and its modules, its installation and configuration process, an overview of case structure and case management, adding and acquiring devices, the verification process of evidence files, and configuring source processors. You will also learn about setting up case options, analyzing and searching files, viewing file content, and creating different types of bookmarks. Also, the methods to create a report using the Report Tab and export a report for forensic investigations are taught.


    This module introduces you to the concept of password crackers, types of passwords, password cracker tools and their functionality, the workings of password crackers, different password cracking techniques, and types of password attacks. You will also learn about the application of password cracking in various systems and software, the significance of default passwords, and a few commonly used password cracking tools.


    This module covers details about email systems, clients, servers, and email messages. It also highlights the significance of electronic records management, different types of email crimes, email headers and common header examples, steps for investigating email crimes, various email forensics tools, and a legal framework to follow while carrying out email investigations.


    In this module, you will learn about mobile devices, hardware and software tools and characteristics, the role of cellular networks, mobile operating systems, different types of mobile OS, and the potential misuse of mobile phones by criminals. The module also covers challenges, memory considerations, and precautions to be taken before investigation in mobile forensics.


    This module focuses on investigative reports and their role in documenting and conveying findings, features of a well-crafted report, report crafting using a computer forensics report template, and points for effective report writing (classification, layout, and guidelines). You will also learn the importance of documentation in a case report and reporting methods specific to tools like FTK (Forensic Toolkit) and Rediscover, which are essential for delivering organized and detailed reports.


    This module focuses on the role of an expert witness in the legal system, the scope of an expert witness, the difference between technical witnesses and expert witnesses, the method to process evidence, report preparation, and the qualifications needed to be an expert witness. You will also gain insights about ethical considerations to follow during testimony and while handling direct and cross-examinations in court as an expert witness.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this professional course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India; all you have to do is write an email to requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents do I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents is received to

  • How do I login to the portal for my professional course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers. 

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in. 

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for a professional course?

    You can easily access our professional course on mobile or tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this professional course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this professional course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be one hour.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the professional course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the professional course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the professional course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the professional course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Xiaolang Zhang: Theft of Trade Secrets Case Study

Xiaolang Zhang, an engineer who had been working for Apple’s autonomous car division for 21/2 years, said he would resign and move to China to take care of his elderly mother.

He informed his manager about his future plans. He told him that in China he would be working for an electric car manufacturer.

However, the manager felt suspicious of his actions.

Then security investigations were started by the company, and an in-depth search of Zhang’s two work phones and laptop was carried out. However, the investing team was shocked when Zhang’s network activity was reviewed.

The network data examination revealed that Zhang’s activity was at a two-year high in the days when he announced his resignation.

He indulged in bulk searches and downloaded numerous pages of information from secret databases that he was able to access.

Upon being threatened, Zhang admitted stealing company data. The matter was reported to the FBI, and Zhang was accused of theft of trade secrets.

Network forensics played a crucial role in solving this case. It is a sub-branch of digital forensics, and log data from servers and other networking tools (e.g., firewalls, routers, intrusion detection applications) is analyzed for monitoring network activity. It is one of the best ways to detect data breaches.

As the data to be analyzed in such cases is enormous, data analytics techniques were also used deeply.

Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

Nickesha Daniels


The course was excellently delivered and the learning material was true, accurate and informative. The lecturers were very helpful and brilliant during classes. 

Hansrajie Ramoo


It was a privilege being a part of SIFS India with an interesting course with wonderful lecturers. It was an amazing experience with lots of knowledge gained and the warmth and care shown by the administrative staff in their flexibility and understanding. Thank you much. 

Naiyara Seebarran


SIFS I thank you to all the instructor and the entire SIFS team for your brilliant work. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to had been  apart of your community. I really enjoy this course, I think it was well planned out and the classes were clear and informative. However, I must say that I’ve learned as much as I could. Thank you so much!!

Stephen Prasad


It was very enjoyable, the lectures was very professional and helpful in explaining and assisting. 

Rajwan Komar

Online learning has made me achieve one of my goals, this course was  delivered in a excellent manner. Looking forward to learning more from this institution in future.



Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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