Introduction to CHFI | Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

The process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

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Introduction to CHFI | Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

This CERTIFICATION has one purpose: To differentiate the experts from the novices in Penetration Testing!

Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government, and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Digital Forensic Investigator CHFI Certification Program.

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About the Program

Digital forensic practices stem from forensic science, the science of collecting and examining evidence or materials. Digital or computer forensics focuses on the digital domain including computer forensics, network forensics, and mobile forensics. As the cyber security profession evolves, organizations are learning the importance of employing digital forensic practices into their everyday activities. Computer forensic practices can help investigate attacks, system anomalies, or even help System administrators detect a problem by defining what is normal functional specifications and validating system information for irregular behaviors ares.

In the event of a cyber-attack or incident, it is critical investigations be carried out in a manner that is forensically sound to preserve evidence in the event of a breach of the law. Far too many cyber-attacks are occurring across the globe where laws are clearly broken and due to improper or non-existent forensic investigations, the cyber criminals go either unidentified, undetected, or are simply not prosecuted.

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Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification

EC-Council’s CHFI certifies individuals in the specific security discipline of computer forensics from a vendor-neutral perspective. Our digital forensics certification will fortify the application knowledge of law enforcement personnel, system administrators, security officers, defense and military personnel, legal professionals, bankers, security professionals, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure.

A CHFI certified professional will be equipped to be gainfully employed as a Computer Forensics or a Digital Forensics professional. They will be able to:

Perform incident response and computer forensics Identify data, images and/or activity which may be the target of an internal investigation
Perform digital forensic acquisitions as an analyst Search file slack space where PC type technologies are employed
Examine and analyze text, graphics, multimedia, and digital images Examine file type and file header information
Recover information and electronic data from computer hard drives and other data storage devices Examine the Internet browsing history
Maintain audit trail (i.e., chain of custody) and evidence integrity
Prepare and maintain case files Crack (or attempt to crack) password protected files
Internet use history, word processing documents, images, and other files Maintain awareness and follow laboratory evidence handling, evidence examination, laboratory safety, and laboratory security policy and procedures
Recover deleted files and partitions in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux Perform post-intrusion analysis of electronic and digital media to determine the who, where, what, when, and how the intrusion occurred
Investigate events for evidence of insider threats or attacks Perform fundamental forensic activities and form a base for advanced digital forensics
Investigate and analyze all response activities related to cyber incidents Perform event co-relation
Examine all available information and supporting evidence or artifacts related to an incident or event Ensure that reported incident or suspected weaknesses, malfunctions and deviations are handled with confidentiality
Conduct reverse engineering for known and suspected malware files Provide expert witness testimony in support of forensic examinations conducted by the examiner
Perform electronic evidence collections Establish threat intelligence and key learning points to support pro-active profiling and scenario modelling
Perform bit-stream Imaging/acquiring of the digital media seized during the process of investigation. File MAC times (Modified, Accessed, and Create dates and times) as evidence of access and event sequences
Conduct thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives, and other electronic data storage media Review e-mail communications including web mail and Internet Instant Messaging programs
Follow strict data and evidence handling procedures Generate reports which detail the approach, and an audit trail which documents actions taken to support the integrity of the internal investigation process
Work on technical examination, analysis, and reporting of computer-based evidence Recover active, system and hidden files with date/time stamp information
Perform anti-forensics detection Utilize forensic tools and investigative methods to find electronic data, including
Gather volatile and non-volatile information from Windows, MAC, and Linux Play a role of the first responder by securing and evaluating a cybercrime scene, conducting preliminary interviews, documenting a crime scene, collecting and preserving electronic evidence, packaging and transporting electronic evidence, reporting of the crime scene
Perform keyword searches including using target words or phrases Apply advanced forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction
Support the generation of incident reports and other collateral Identify and check the possible source/incident origin
Plan, coordinate and direct recovery activities and incident analysis tasks Extract and analyze logs from various devices such as proxies, firewalls, IPSs, IDSes, Desktops, laptops, servers, SIM tools, routers, switches, AD servers, DHCP servers, Access Control Systems, etc.
Collect data using forensic technology methods in accordance with evidence handling procedures, including a collection of hard copy and electronic documents Assist in the preparation of search and seizure warrants, court orders, and subpoenas
Perform detailed evaluation of the data and any evidence of activity in order to analyze the full circumstances and implications of the event

The purpose of the CHFI

Validate the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law.

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Target Audience

  • ● Police and other law enforcement personnel
  • ● Defense and Military personnel
  • ● e-Business Security professionals
  • ● Systems administrators
  • ● Legal professionals
  • ● Banking, Insurance and other professionals
  • ● Government agencies
  • ● IT managers

A Hands-On Exam Like No Other

The CHFI program is designed for all IT professionals involved with information system security, computer forensics, and incident response.


Passing Score
In order to maintain the high integrity of our certifications exams, EC-Council Exams are provided in multiple forms (I.e. different question banks). Each form is carefully analyzed through beta testing with an appropriate sample group under the purview of a committee of subject matter experts that ensure that each of our exams not only has academic rigor but also has “real world” applicability. We also have a process to determine the difficulty rating of each question. The individual rating then contributes to an overall “Cut Score” for each exam form. To ensure each form has equal assessment standards, cut scores are set on a “per exam form” basis. Depending on which exam form is challenged, cut scores can range from 60% to 78%.

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Course Duration

40 Hours

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