Digital Forensics Certified Mac Forensics Specialist (CMFS)

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Digital Forensics
Certified Mac Forensics Specialist (CMFS)
Specialist - level course

Apple is increasing its market share in both the private and commercial/corporate marketplace.  This three-day course concentrates on identifying what is, how can I find, extract, decode and interpret the data stored on an Apple device from a forensic practitioner's perspective, using hands-on exercises to demonstrate and reinforce understanding.

How will I benefit?
This course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop confidence when faced with Apple systems and required to collect data from Mac systems
  • Learn effective techniques to process and interpret data and artefacts from Mac OS
  • Learn effective techniques for the identification and interpretation of forensic artefacts on Apple systems
  • Improve your ability to respond effectively to a wider range of forensic incidents

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“An excellent course which gave a thorough overview of Mac Forensics, the HFS+ file system and important artefacts and their locations on the file system. The exercises supported the theory well and helped build on the course content. As a non-Mac user, I now feel a lot more confident working with Macs, not just for forensic analysis, but generally.”

CMFS Delegate

The Babraham Institute

About this course
This course concentrates on identifying what is, how can I find, extract, decode and interpret the data stored on an Apple device from a forensic practitioner's perspective, using hands-on exercises to demonstrate and reinforce understanding.

 

What will I learn?
Upon completion of the course you will have:-

  • collected volatile data from a live Mac system
  • Explored different approaches to imaging and decrypting Mac systems
  • An understanding of the new APFS file system
  • Practical knowledge of Apple partitioning schemes and the HFS+ file system
  • Examined a Mac system for configuration of user accounts, Application/data
  • An understanding of Time Machine
  • Interpreted data from unified logs, Plists and SQLite databases

Who Should Attend
Forensic practitioners, systems administrators and cyber investigators who want to extend their experience with Window-based systems to the Mac environment.

COURSE OVERVIEW
Apple is increasing its market share in both the private and commercial/
corporate marketplace. This three-day course concentrates on identifying what is, how can I find, extract, decode and interpret the data stored on an Apple device from a forensic practitioner’s perspective, using hands-on exercises to demonstrate and reinforce understanding.

THE SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN
Upon completion of the course you
will have:

  • Collected volatile data from a live Mac system
  • Explored different approaches to imaging and decrypting Mac systems
  • An understanding of the new APFS file system
  • Practical knowledge of Apple partitioning schemes and the HFS+ file system
  • Examined a Mac system for configuration of user accounts, Application/data
  •  An understanding of Time Machine
  • Interpreted data from unified logs, plists and SQLite databases

KEY BENEFITS
This course will give you the opportunity
to:

  • Develop confidence when faced with Apple systems and required to collect data from Mac systems
  • Learn effective techniques to process and interpret data and artefacts from Mac OS
  • Learn effective techniques for the identification and interpretation of forensic artefacts on Apple systems
  • Improve your ability to respond effectively to a wider range of forensic incidents

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Forensic practitioners, systems
  • administrators and cyber investigators who want to extend their experience with Window-based systems to the Mac environment.

PREREQUISITES
Completion of the 7Safe CFIP course is highly recommended. Otherwise you will need:

  • Knowledge of the principles and guidelines surrounding forensic investigation
  • Basic knowledge of data structures, e.g. binary and hexadecimal

WHAT QUALIFICATION
WILL I RECEIVE?

Those delegates successfully passing the exam at the end of the course will be awarded 7Safe’s Certified Mac Forensics

Specialist (CMFS) qualification


Syllabus

1. Brief history of Apple and the current marketplace
2. Key differences between Windows and Mac forensics
3. System basics: architecture, device management and permissions
4. Techniques to examine Plists, Base64 & SQLite
5. Apple volume management: Core Storage, APFS and encryption
6. Live data collection - imaging, RAM, ioreg and volatile data
7. Introduction to MAC memory analysis
8. Imaging seized MAC’s
9. Decrypting FileVault 2 - with a password, without a Mac
10. Partitioning Schemes: APM, MBR and GPT
11. Apple File Systems: HFS+, HFSX and APFS
12. HFS+ in detail from forensic
perspective:
a) File timestamps
b) Special files
c) Data and resource forks
d) Symbolic and Hard Links
e) File System Events
13. APFS core functionality and parsing
14. iOS based devices: Challenges and limitations associated with data
extraction and examination
15. Examination of a MacOS system
a) System information and
configuration
b) User accounts
c) Log files
d) Network and device connections
e) User activity and thumbnails
f) Printing and Trash
g) Previous Versions
h) Spotlight
g) Applications including Messages,
Facetime, Mail, iWorks, Photos
h) Safari
16. Time Machine: Functionality, data layout and recovery

 

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Start date Location / delivery
06 Nov 2019 Cambridge
18 Mar 2020 Cambridge
15 Jul 2020 Cambridge
18 Nov 2020 Cambridge

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