Recommended books and courses for CHFI
CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) Certification is for the Professionals who seek to work with network security and hacking issues. These certified professionals will be able to find forensic evidences in a neutral perspective. They will also be in a position to determine the vulnerabilities and track the intruders into the systems. This certification is provided by EC-Council, a renowned enterprise for providing certificates in anti-hacking, intrusion prevention and computer hacking.
This certification is obtained by clearing one exam namely Exam 312-49 or ECO-349 (name depends upon various exam conducting sources). The cost for this exam is 500$ and it can be undertaken in Pearson VUE or Prometric testing centers. The exam requires a passing score of 70% from 150 multiple choice questions. The duration for the exam is 4 hours.
The best self-study material/book is "The Official CHFI Study Guide" test book which can be purchased from Amazon.com or other online retail stores. This book contains the complete cover-up for this certification as it is the official guide released by EC-Council.
Training is not compulsory, so that professionals can attend the exam directly. Still EC-Council provides training through Instructor led class (3000$), self-paced online course (1600$) and self-study course (650$). Mobile courses are also available for this exam preparation. For attending the coursework, EC-Council recommends prior training on CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). Before taking up the exams, Professionals can verify their expertise through practice and mock exam available online. Apart from EC-Council, plenty of online resources are available to prepare one for CHFI certification. Candidates who are not willing to take the official course work should complete an eligibility form before the exam. The fee for this eligibility exam is 100$. Also these candidates are recommended to have an experience of minimum two years in information security field.
By attaining this certification, professionals can prove their skill and knowledge in the following fields.
- Investigation processes in Computer forensics
- Legal issues involved in investigations
- Searching evidence and digital handprints
- Methodologies of Acquisition and seizing
- Digital evidence, their types, examination processes
- Electronic crime and their categories
- Electronic crime scene evaluation, acquiring and conducting primary interviews
- Electronic evidence preservation and reporting crime scenes
- Setting up forensic lab in computer
- Knowledge of windows, linux and mac boot up
- File systems and their differences, booting a failed hard drive
- Volatile and non-volatile information gatherings
- Recover deleted files and hard dusk partitions
- Steganography, Steganalysis and forensics of image files
- Concepts of password cracking and investigating password attacks
- Investigate log files and determining the root cause
- Access Data FTK expertise
- Attacks on wireless and related issues
- E-mail crimes, its investigation and recovery of deleted mails
- Writing investigative reports
With this certification, a professional can feel confident about his knowledge and ability to analyze any security flaw rising up in the system. This certification can help prevailing as well as new professionals to develop an existing and a new career respectively. CHFI is one of the most valued certificates in Network Security and possessing it raises one to an elite group of professionals.
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