Windows 10® Advanced Forensics

32 Hours / 4-Day

This course will give participants unbiased knowledge and skills necessary to analyze artifacts left behind through system and user interaction with the host system, utilizing industry standard tools and open source applications to explore the data in greater depth by learning how applications function and store data in the file system.

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Windows® 10 Artifact Overview

  • Examine the version characteristics between Windows® 10 Operating systems
  • Explore the challenges the recent update has presented to the forensic examiner

BitLocker Encryption

  • Learn how BitLocker encryption functions
  • Explore System Volume BitLocker implementation and metadata artifacts
  • Discuss BitLocker To Go on data volumes and USB devices
  • Learn of examination techniques of a BitLocked volume.

Exercises in Workflows

  • Define the forensic importance of Windows® Registry artifacts
  • Examine a Registry block structure
  • Define a Registry key structure
  • Workflow Exercises
    • User Account Examination
    • Hardware tracking
    • User Activity analysis
    • Application Usage

Windows® Shortcuts

  • Overview of Windows® Shortcuts
  • Deep dive into Jump List Analysis
  • Learn of the correction between the Distributed Link Tracking Service and Windows® link files
    • Learn of the intricate link with the NT filesystem.
  • Explore the structure of Jump List data files
  • Examine the effects of destructive processes on jump lists
  • Learn of File System artifacts associated with user activity on host files and link file creation.

Windows® Timeline

  • Learn of the new Timeline feature introduced with Windows® 10 – 1803
  • Review the backend storage locations of application data
  • Gain knowledge on how SQLite databases function
  • Explore artifacts stored in the backend SQLite database
  • Compare local account storage configurations Vs. OneDrive and SharePoint accounts
  • Examine the SQL database tables to identify file usage across multiple devices

For more information, download the class syllabus below

Windows® Immersive Application Review

  • Describe the purpose of Live Tiles
  • Examine backend structures of Immersive apps
  • Describe the function of each folder location storing user cached data.

Windows® 10 Notifications

  • Learn of the Action Centre functionality
  • Review the backend storage locations the Notifications database
  • Explore artifacts stored in the backend SQLite database
  • Write SQL queries to present data in a clearer format
  • Describe the correlation between displayed images on live tiles and backend storage

Photo’s Application Artifacts

  • Review the Photo’s application from a user perspective
  • Identify storage locations of cached data
  • Identify recently viewed files
  • Examine the TimeLine Cache data file and its implications
  • Learn of key artifacts identified within the SQL database.
    • GeoLocation
    • Folderidentification
    • DateandTimesofinteractions
    • Camera metadata

Cortana Integration

  • Learn of Microsoft digital assistant
  • Identify storage location of hosted data
  • Identify key folder locations of collected data
  • Review data stored in txt, cfg, ttl and JSON structured files pertaining to Cortana’s collection phases
  • Discuss cloud integration and synchronization processes.

Edge Browser Forensics

  • Review the Edge Browser application
  • Locate key folders of interested within the user profile
  • Identify cached data from untrusted and trusted sites
  • Learn of Edge Recovery stores and processing techniques
  • Explore InPrivate browsing and learn of recoverable artifacts
  • Learn of the new data storage files and their interpretation
  • Extensive hands on processing techniques.

OneDrive – Cloud Synchronization

  • Review the function of the OneDrive processes
  • Locate key folders of interest
  • Identify the locations of user files
  • Explore the many artifacts located in the Synchronization logs
  • Learn how to interoperate user settings
  • Learn interpretation of stored settings files
  • Discover Office 365 cloud integration
  • Use the registry to locate recent file interaction
  • Interpret stored data in the subkeys
  • Introduction to Office 365 synchronized data.

Windows® 10 Mail

  • Learn of the function of the default Mail client
  • Explore the locations of Trusted and Untrusted data
  • Review the “Comms” folder and ESE structured database
  • Extract key data from the Store.vol ese database
  • Review the storage of email data within the sub-folders of the Comms and S0 folders
  • Learn techniques on correlating data in the ESE database and files in the sub-folders

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this class, you should:

  • Have minimal experience of forensic examinations.

Download the Syllabus

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