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Unit of competency details

ICTCYS607 - Acquire digital forensic data (Release 1)

Summary

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ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 21/Jul/2020


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 029901 Security Science  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 029901 Security Science  18/Sep/2020 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 6.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to acquire, extract and analyse data from devices and workstations, including mobile devices, networked devices, smart devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and microcontrollers, USBs, applications, networks and systems. It applies to skills needed to extract evidence pertaining to either a forensic investigation directly caused on a computer, or as part of evidence relating to a crime or e-crime.

It applies to those working in cyber and forensic roles including, digital forensic examiners, incident responders and corporate investigators and are responsible for forensic data retrieval.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Cyber security

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Confirm incident and prepare to acquire data

1.1 Confirm and gather initial information on reported incident according to organisational policies and procedures

1.2 Research and assess occurrence according to organisational forensic data extraction requirements

1.3 Research and identify all laws and legislation required for data extraction tasks

1.4 Discuss and confirm if acquisition is required with required personnel

1.5 Consult and gather key incident information from required personnel

1.6 Identify device and components pertaining to incident according to task requirements

1.7 Develop and document data extraction plan and information gathered according to organisational requirements

1.8 Submit documentation to required personnel and seek and respond to feedback

2. Acquire forensic data

2.1 Contact and gather information from required personnel

2.2 Seize device pertaining to incident according to incident and legislation

2.3 Access and open device according to data extraction task requirements

2.4 Secure device’s networks, data logs, firewalls and hashing according to task requirements

2.5 Initiate data extraction according to task requirements and confirm that no data is tampered or deleted

2.6 Confirm completion of retrieval according to task requirements

2.7 Verify the hash according to task requirements

2.8 Document observations and findings and methodology

3. Analyse forensic data

3.1 Analyse data and verify against incident scope, information, devices and evidence

3.2 Document findings and analysis and submit to required personnel

3.3 Discuss abnormalities and confirm further evidence, devices and information needed

3.4 Make additional extractions according to task and technical requirements

3.5 Analyse network conversations according to task requirements

3.6 Verify chain of custody according to hash according to task requirements

3.7 Update findings and methodology in documentation according to organisational needs

4. Finalise data acquisition

4.1 Prepare data extracts and documentation for submission according to organisational and legislative requirements

4.2 Submit data extracts and analysis according to organisational and legislative requirements

4.3 Retrieve sign off from required personnel and gather feedback according to organisational policies and procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.

S KILL 

DESCRIPTION 

Reading

  • Interprets information from technical, manufacturer, organisational and legislative documentation to determine and confirm job requirements

Writing

  • Develops workplace and legislative documentation for a specific audience, using detailed language to convey explicit information, requirements and recommendations

Planning and organising

  • Develops a strategic plan form task specification that include developing the operational detail in stages, regularly reviewing priorities and performance during data extraction tasks, and identifying and addressing issues as they arise

Problem solving

  • Initiates ways to engage in strategic problem-solving approaches that incorporates linear and non-linear methodologies

Self-management

  • Uses systematic processes, setting goals, gathering required information and identifying and evaluating options against agreed criteria

Technology

  • Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of principles, concepts, language and practices associated with the digital world

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit. New unit.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 6.0.

Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including evidence of the ability to:

  • identify, acquire and analyse digital forensic data from at least three device types, according to a reported incident.

In the course of the above, the candidate must:

  • document analysis findings
  • adhere to required organisational and legislative guidelines.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including knowledge of:

  • industry standard legislation and organisational procedures relating to acquiring digital forensic data, including
  • privacy standards and policies
  • data standards and policies
  • internet and user identification protocols
  • mobile technology protocols
  • data extraction methodologies and seizure techniques on a variety of devices, including how not to damage or destroy digital evidence
  • features and markers of hashing
  • communication investigation techniques
  • functions and features of computer systems and data stores
  • data logs, including server, network and firewall logs
  • function and features of system back ups
  • data extraction and forensic copying techniques
  • file formats including structures, locations and file systems
  • data acquisition, identification and extraction methodologies including:
  • industry standard forensic tools
  • non-invasive and invasive methodologies.

Assessment Conditions

Skills in this unit must be demonstrated in a workplace or simulated environment where the conditions are typical of those in a working environment in this industry.

This includes access to:

  • three or more devices with data required for data extraction tasks
  • forensic software tools required to extract data from device
  • legislative and organisational procedures and requirements relating to the acquisition of digital forensic data.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2