assignment and dscussions 1

Term Paper: Investigating Data Theft
Due Week 10 and worth 160 points

Suppose a large aerospace engineering firm has immediately hired you as a consultant to investigate a potential violation of corporate policy and data theft. You have been informed that an employee may have been using corporate email to send confidential corporate information to one or more personal email accounts, which may or may not belong to him. You have been told that this action has been happening each business day for the last 13 days and the employee is unaware of any suspicion.

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:

Explain, in detail, the initial actions you would take based on the provided information including formal plans to preserve the crime scene(s) and eventual transportation of evidence to a lab.
Analyze the physical and logical places where you would look for potential evidence on the suspect’s computer(s) and / or network servers.
Describe, in detail, how you proceed with the email investigation, including the review of email headers and tracing.
Describe the processes that would be utilized in order to recover data that may have been deleted from the suspect’s computer(s).
Identify the tools you would use to perform your investigation from beginning to end based on the information you have on the incident. Provide a brief overview of each tool, to include:

A description of the tool.
How you would use the tool in the investigation.
How the tool helps the investigation and the evidence you expect it to provide.
Why you believe the evidence the tool provides is critical to the investigation.

6. Use at least five (5) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Identify the role of computer forensics in responding to crimes and solving business challenges.
Outline system forensics issues, laws, and skills.
Examine and explain the evidence life cycle.
Identify the procurement of evidence in physical and virtualized environments.
Analyze the impact of sequestration on the evidence-gathering process.
Develop plans that collect evidence in network and email environments.
Examine automated digital forensic analysis.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in computer forensics.
Write clearly and concisely about computer forensics topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Discussion 1

“Forensics Certifications” Please respond to the following:

Determine whether or not you believe certifications in systems forensics are necessary and explain why you believe this to be the case. Compare and contrast certifications and on-the-job training and identify which you believe is more useful for a system forensics professional. Provide a rationale with your response.
Suppose you are the hiring manager looking to hire a new system forensics specialist. Specify at least five credentials you would expect an ample candidate to possess. Determine which of these credentials you believe to be the most important and provide a reason for your decision.

Discussion 2

“System Forensics Organizations” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, provide an overview of the organization you chose, including what it provides for its members, and how one can join the organization. Indicate why, in your opinion, this particular organization would be the best choice for a system forensics professional to join and why you believe this way.
Examine what you believe to be the most important reason for a systems forensic professional to be a member of a forensics organization and how this could further one’s career in the industry.

Discussion 3

“Transfer It” Please respond to the following:

Discuss ways you plan to apply what you learned in this course in your current or future position.
Describe the most important piece of knowledge that you gained during this course.

Discussion 4

“Sum It Up” Please respond to the following:

Write a speech that you would give to a friend in an elevator summing up the contents of this course. You have 30 to 90 seconds to inform your friend of the most important elements. Go!
The textbook identified several areas of computer forensics. Sum up the most important concept that you learned in 140 characters or less.

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