Design and Implementation of Digital Forensics Labs: A Case Study for Teaching Digital Forensics to Undergraduate Students

H. Chi, E.L. Jones, C. Chatmon, and D. Evans (USA)

Keywords

Digital forensics, Handson labs, FTK, Open source,Security education

Abstract

Teaching digital forensics in a college has always been a challenge, especially when hands-on labs are basic elements of the course. Software and hardware are expensive for digital forensics. This paper addresses some of these challenges of identifying forensics tools of appropriate cost and functionality. We focus on inspiring the interest of students with diverse backgrounds, and giving students hands-on experiences that enhance their pursuit of careers in information assurance or law enforcement. We present a pragmatic approach to teaching digital forensics, motivated by the growing demand for a professional workforce.

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