Time for the Whole Nation to Become Hackers

EC-Council and Firebrand Training have teamed-up to offer a webinar that teaches you how to become an ethical hacker. With the rate of cyber attacks doubling every year, IT security has become a valuable profession. Many in the role of Ethical Hacker now demand a six-figure salary.

The UK Government recently raised the threat-level of attacks on computer networks to ‘Tier One’ – the highest ranking possible. Testament to this, in a month of extreme spending cuts, the Government is to boost the Intelligence Services’ budget by £1billion, solely to tackle cyber terrorism.

The United States Department of Defence has endorsed EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking course to equip its cyber-defenders across the United States for the attack on cyber crime. Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council, explains: “From emerging markets to developed economies, governments and organizations are spending a whole lot more to train their citizens and workers so as to build sufficient capacity of information security workforce to meet increasing needs.”

Firebrand Training delivers EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker course across Europe. Robert Chapman, CEO, explains: “Firebrand has trained hundreds of Ethical Hackers over the past decade. However, major companies – and indeed individuals – still refuse to see the very real threat of cyber criminals.

“Cyber crime is a time bomb, ticking towards a very real issue that could cause significant impact to millions.”

The three-hour webinar will highlight the latest security threats, and explain how businesses – and public bodies – can beat them. The technologies, tools and programs used by today’s hackers will be scrutinised, and it will be explained how these can be used to beat cyber criminals at their own game.

This is just a taste of the five-day course offered by EC-Council and Firebrand. In fact, the tools learned on the full Certified Ethical Hacking course are so powerful, that every student must sign an agreement to ensure that they are not used illegally.

Jay Bavisi concluded: “The recent Stuxnet incident serves a grim reminder to governments and businesses globally. There are powers out there that are building their arsenal of cyber-weapons that can bring whole industries – if not countries – to their knees.”

The First Look at Certified Ethical Hacking webinar takes place on Thursday 9 December. Registration is open to anyone, by visiting www.firebrandtraining.co.uk/ceh-webinar



New iPhone Forenics White Paper

Are you looking for the best mobile forensics tool for iPhone Forensics? Well, a good place to start is viaForensics’ updated (and free) iPhone Forensics white paper at:


The white paper is geared towards forensic examiners and includes plenty of screenshots, comments and other useful information.

Why do we provide this white paper for free? Well, all of us are struggling with the influx of mobile devices. By reviewing each of the tools, we not only provide a service to the forensics community but we have great dialogue with the development companies and we hope it leads to improvements in their software (a.k.a make our jobs easier). We’ve observed great strides in the software since 2009 and if the community at large shares their feedback, we can make things better.

So check it out…and by all mean, please let us know what you think, where we can improve the tool or any other suggestions you have. And stay tuned for more updates. We are working on our Android Forensics white paper (as well as Syngress books on both iPhone and Android forensics) and since we’re clearly not busy enough, we might kick off a series with DFM on Forensics and Programming.

Andrew Hoog
Chief Investigative Officer
tel: +1 312-878-1100



Issue 5 is Here

Hi folks,

Issue 5 of Digital Forensics Magazine is here. This time we’ve put together some great content on topics as far reaching as criminal profiling and volatile memory heap analysis; as well as the usual Legal section, From the Lab, and Angus Marshall’s IRQ column. We also welcome the world-famous, forensics commander-in-chief, a.k.a. Rob Lee, as one of our regulars who will be taking forward his own column in each and every issue from now on (now that’s value for money!). Also, we’ve introduced another new column to our format, this time concentrating on Mac Forensics (entitled Apple Autopsy) and at the helm of that section we welcome Sean Morrissey of Katana Forensic (and the brains behind the Lantern iOS forensics product and the forthcoming book from Apress on iOS forensics).

This is also the first of a series of special issues we’re putting together that focus on very specific themes of forensics. This idea came from a variety of 360 feedback letters and we believe it is a fantastic way of ensuring you get the biggest bang for you buck from your subscription. Issue 5 focuses on all aspects of Training & Education, opening the Pandora’s box of all the difficult issues of professionalism that you face every day.

Finally, we hope that you enjoy this issue of Digital Forensics Magazine, and please spread the word as we’ve really enjoyed our first year and want to make sure we continue publishing long into the future. We welcome all comments to our 360 department and will attempt to answer all your letters as quickly as possible.

Bye for now!