Weekly study3 hours
Introduction to Digital Forensics: Malware Analysis and Investigations
Discover the fundamentals of malware
Malware can cause serious issues for businesses worldwide, and attacks are prevalent. Almost 10 billion malware attacks are estimated to have taken place in 2019 alone.
On this three-week course, you’ll learn the essentials of what malware is, how it works, and how malware is used to extract personal data for private gain.
Discover how malicious software infects your computer
Malware is ‘malicious software’ designed to harm or exploit any programmable device, service, or network.
You’ll learn how to identify malware on a computer system, as well as the different types of malware. With this understanding, you’ll know how to spot a potential attack, protecting your data and devices.
Explore why malware analysis is important
You’ll examine different malware categories and analyse how these categories are similar and how they differ.
This will help you grasp how Windows 10 stores information about programs being executed, and how the New Technology File System stores metadata.
With this knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate the importance of malware analysis to help protect your organisation.
Examine virus and malware removal with industry leaders
You’ll discover the best practice for virus and malware removal to help you reduce the harm from an attack, should one occur.
Learning from PA Consulting’s Steve Shepherd – an international expert in digital forensics and cybercrime – you’ll discover the history of malware, and learn key cyber skills that are in demand today.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate the technical knowledge required to conduct basic Windows Malware Investigations.
- Collect certain data artifacts to assist in the identification of malware presence and or infection on a Windows computer.
- Design a logical structure to investigate malware presence and or infection on a Windows computer.
- Explain the differences between malware categories and capabilities.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about malware.
You could be an IT student, digital forensic analyst, cyber incident responder, or IT security officer looking to enhance your digital forensic skills.
What software or tools do you need?
No specific computer type is needed to complete this course, however, a Windows Operating System would be beneficial if you wish to identify operating system and file system artifacts on your own computer.