Digital Forensics Program (DFOR)

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Digital forensics is a discipline addressing the collection, processing, and analysis of digital information so that this information can be admitted as evidence in a court of law, but it’s not limited to just law enforcement. All investigations today involve digital forensics to some degree.  It is interdisciplinary in its nature with the inclusion of computer engineering, computer science, information technology, law, and ethics. Digital forensics is a critical part of incident response, insider threat investigation, malware analysis, and cyber security.

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This is where the digital forensics journey starts.  It covers digital forensics crime scene procedures beginning with initial walk-through and evaluation; identification and collection of potential evidence; preparation of intrusion investigation; aspects of working with investigators and attorneys; reverse engineering with file identification and profiling; application of critical thinking in determination of significance of artifacts; and analysis and reporting of evidence.

This aspect of digital forensics has been around the longest (early 1980s).  It covers the collection, preservation, and analysis of digital media such that the evidence can be successfully presented in a court of law (both civil and criminal). The relevant federal laws and private sector applications will be examined, as well as the seizure, preservation, and analysis of digital media.

Some artifacts only exist in memory.  This course Introduces students to memory forensics, specifically the acquisition, investigation, and analysis of artifacts that reside in random access memory (RAM). Memory forensics provides an evidentiary wellspring of unique digital artifacts with regards to computer forensics and digital investigations (e.g. intrusion and malware incidents).

This is the 800 lb. gorilla of digital forensics today. It reviews forensic evidence contained within mobile devices, including address books, call logs, text messages, video files, audio files, and Internet history. Discusses procedures and technologies associated with mobile devices and how such procedures differ from traditional digital forensics. Analyzes collected data and correlates information with data from carriers.

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Faculty

Bob Osgood

Director - DFOR/TCOM

Bob Osgood is the Director of Mason’s Digital Forensics and Telecommunications programs.  Bob is an accomplished, proactive professional with expertise in developing and applying analytics to law enforcement with combined experience and achievement in the areas related to Digital Forensics.

Jim Jones

Professor - DFOR

Jim Jones is an Associate Professor in the Digital Forensics program, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at George Mason University.  He has been a cyber security practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 25 years in various industry, government, and academic roles.

Omoche Cheche Agada

GTA - DFOR/TCOM

Omoche Cheche Agada supports the Digital Forensics and Telecommunications programs as Graduate Teaching Assistant at Mason.  Cheche is pursuing a PhD in Information Technology as well as a master’s degree in the Digital Forensics program here at Mason.

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Monday- Thursday: 9:00-18:00 Hrs
Friday - 8:00-14:00 Hrs

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Room No: 3800, Nguyen Engineering Building
Phone: +1 (703) 993-3810
Fax: +1 (703) 993-6137
Email: cfrs@gmu.edu