The Internet consists of about ten billion pages of information yet many investigators and analysts make only superficial use of this amazing resource. This course was designed for those who need to search more aggressively and use information more carefully than the general public. The intention of this course is to turn those who already have some computer and Internet experience into power users of the Internet and to reveal how the Internet can augment their traditional investigative methodology. It covers not only technical issues, but includes how to formulate good search strategies and mine the Invisible Web. Students develop and refine their search skills in the first half of the course. The second half introduces tools and techniques to make searchers more efficient, effective, and secure. The course concludes with a module on cybercrime. (3.0 Credits)
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
*** There is no textbook required for the course.*** For authorization to register, please contact Cindy Chan, Program Assistant, Forensics, at Cindy_Chan@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, visit: www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics
Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Obtain open source information through the Internet relevant to investigations;
Trace websites and email;
Protect their identity and the integrity of their systems & data while on-line;
Utilize a selective list of hundreds of high-value web sites relevant to investigators;
Assess information obtained via the Internet for accuracy and bias;
Wrest full value from open source information through media analysis;
Profile individuals from their newsgroup postings and email messages;
Conduct limited searching of commercial on-line databases;
Use link diagrams and other techniques to organize and analyze the information retrieved; and
Describe how both criminals and law enforcement are using the Internet.
FSCT 8520 is offered as a part of the following programs: