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EC-Council Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE)

Explore foundational principles of digital forensics and learn how to master essential techniques for investigating cybercrime and securing digital evidence effectively.

course: EC-Council Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE)

Duration: 1 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

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Uncover the secrets of cybersecurity investigation with the Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) certified course. Designed to equip you with essential skills, this program ensures you master the art of digital forensics. Dive into hands-on training, learning to unravel cyber threats. Elevate your expertise and position yourself for success in the dynamic world of certified cybersecurity with this comprehensive DFE certification course.

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Who is this course for?

Who is EC-Council Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) training course for?

Generic Audience EC-Council’s Essentials Series programs and certifications build and validate candidates’ skills for their cybersecurity future. It is ideal for IT professionals who are seeking to foray into the exciting world of cybersecurity. Job Roles Professionals in the following roles who are looking to enhance their knowledge or transition from an IT role into cybersecurity would benefit from the Essentials Courses. - Cybersecurity Technician - Cyber Forensic Specialist - Cyber Operations Technician - Intelligence Operations Specialist - IT Security Specialist


What you will learn during our Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) course.

  • Fundamentals of computer forensics and digital evidence
  • Objectives of forensic readiness to reduce the cost of investigation
  • Roles and responsibilities of a forensic investigator.
  • Legal compliance in computer forensics
  • Forensic investigation process and its importance
  • Forensic investigation phases
  • Types of disk drives and their characteristics
  • Booting process of Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems
  • Examine file system records during an investigation
  • Data acquisition fundamentals, methodologies, and their different types
  • Determine the data acquisition format
  • Antiforensics techniques and their countermeasures
  • How to gather volatile and nonvolatile information
  • Perform Windows memory and registry analysis
  • Analyze the cache, cookie, and history recorded in web browsers
  • Examine Windows files and metadata
  • Volatile and nonvolatile data in Linux
  • Analyze filesystem images using the sleuth kit
  • Demonstrate memory forensics
  • Mac forensics concepts
  • Network forensics fundamentals
  • Event correlation concepts and types
  • Identify indicators of compromise (IoCs) from network logs
  • Investigate network traffic for suspicious activity
  • Web application forensics and web attacks
  • Understand IIS and Apache web server logs
  • Detect and investigate various attacks on web applications
  • Dark web forensics investigation and how it works.
  • Tor browser forensics
  • Email basics and how it can be used as evidence
  • Techniques and steps used in email crime investigation
  • Malware, its components, and distribution methods
  • Malware forensics fundamentals and types of malware analysis
  • Perform static malware analysis and dynamic malware analysis
  • Conduct system and network behavior analysis


How to best be prepared for our Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) course.

  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] No specific technical prerequisites are required, making it suitable for beginners in digital forensics.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Familiarity with cybersecurity concepts and terminology.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Knowledge of operating systems such as Windows and Linux.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Proficiency in using basic computer applications and tools.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Meet some of the Readynez Instructors you can meet on your course. They are experts, passionate about what they do, and dedicated to give back to their industry, their field, and those who want to learn, explore, and advance in their careers.

James Rowney

James is recognised for his more than 20 years of contribution to learning and certification within IT Security.

James has worked on many large mission critical environments in some of the largest companies in their industries.

Understanding business requirements and drivers are essential to any strategy and design. Understanding environments are key to any application or infrastructure changes, both the immediate services they interface with and those beyond. A failure to satisfy Non Functional Requirements can not be fixed by a process.

Specialties: CISSP, CCSP, AWS Solution Architect Associate, TOGAF 9 certified 86080 member of The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) - 27519830. BCS Solution & Enterprise Architect Certified - AMBCS - 990529878, Linux RHCE V5 expired, RHCVA Unix, Storage, SAN, Netbackup, Clusters, Design and Delivery of Infrastructure.


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Kevin Henry

Kevin has served for years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills

Kevin Henry is a well-known and highly respected expert instructor with Readynez.

Kevin has served for many years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and he is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills- and certifications such as the CISSP, CSSLP, CISM, CISA and CCSP everywhere in the world.

Kevin is a force to be reckoned with, being an authorised instructor and training no less than 9.000 online learners monthly in the fields of information security and audit, in addition to the many students that attend his instructor-led courses with Readynez

He is also one of the most highly-rated instructors and most often he is given scores of 10/10 by his delegates. 


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FAQs for the Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) course.

Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) is a security program covering the fundamental concepts of computer forensics. It equips students with the skills required to identify an intruder's footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in a court of law.

Unlock your potential in Digital Forensics Essentials with Readynez! Join our expert-led course to ace the DFE exam and gain certification in this crucial field. Specializing in effective exam preparation, Readynez provides the support and training needed for confidence and success in digital forensics. Elevate your skills and career with Readynez as your trusted certification partner.

The EC-Council DFE Course does not have any eligibility criteria for enrollment. The course is open to anybody with a computer and internet connection

Digital forensics training is available at no cost through EC-Council's Essential Series (EHE, NDE, and DFE. Students can get free access to eCourseware and video lectures in the Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) course.

The DFE exam syllabus includes twelve modules that cover the fundamental concepts of digital forensics, such as dark web forensics, investigating web application attacks, and more. The students will learn, Fundamentals of Computer Forensics Legal compliance Forensic investigation Anti-forensics techniques and countermeasures Network forensics fundamentals Web application forensics Investigating web attacks Malware forensics Malware analysis

DFE-certified learners have an assured means of formal recognition to add to their resumes and show off their expertise and skills to prospective employers. This improves their prospects for employment advancement, higher salaries, and greater job satisfaction.

To become a digital forensic expert, you’ll need: 


  • Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science, cybersecurity, or a related field.

  • Certifications: Obtain relevant certifications like CISSP, CEH, EnCE, or CFCE.

  • Experience: Gain practical experience through internships or entry-level positions.

  • Optional: Consider a master's degree for advanced roles.

The time to acquire these qualifications varies but may take around 4-6 years for a bachelor's degree and certifications. Ongoing learning is crucial due to the evolving nature of technology.

Yes, the DFE exam can be taken online.

The difficulty of passing the Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) exam can vary depending on your experience, knowledge, and preparation. Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE) is a security program covering the fundamental concepts of computer forensics. It equips students with the skills required to identify an intruder's footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in a court of law.

The candidate needs to score 70% to pass the DFE Exam.

The DFE certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of certification. Post this three-year term, EC-Council members may recertify by passing the DFE exam again.

The average digital forensics salary is $81,680 per year. The salary mainly depends on 9 factors such as:

  • Location
  • Experience 
  • Certifications 
  • College Degrees
  • Job title and role
  • Specializations
  • Job type (i.e. full-time, contractor, etc.) 
  • Sector (i.e. public vs. private) 
  • Demand for services


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