Competitive intelligence course

June 2003 News

TSCM Services is hosting a course in basic computer forensics at the Centurion Lake Hotel, Centurion, Gauteng from 27-29 August 2003.

The course leader is Mark Uker, the forensics training director at Research Electronic International (REI) in the USA. Uker retired from the US Army with seventeen years service as a counterintelligence special agent and was a technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) special agent, certified in 1993. He currently works for Research Electronics International, developing training courses in TSCM and is also developing future courses in advanced TSCM concepts and computer forensics.

Computer forensic techniques are used in the retrieval and analysis of data on digital storage devices. These techniques reveal important information that could otherwise be missed by normal investigation techniques. The need for computer forensics is expanding for crimes such as trade secret theft, embezzlement, insider trading, as well as the investigation of government information, paedophiles and a host of other crimes.

Computer forensics is the ability to determine what has happened and by whom involving computers and electronic media. It is accomplished through the use of forensic tools and knowledge of the structure of the evidence.

Data can be retrieved even when thought to have been erased. Through the use of these forensic tools and skills, the investigator becomes familiar with the way in which the computer was used and by whom.

The course is designed to teach the prospective computer forensic analyst the basic techniques for conducting a forensic investigation of a DOS or Windows-based computer system. It will take the student through an introduction to computer forensics as well as the DOS operating system, hardware basics, forensic processes, correlating evidence, imaging and restoring evidence, logical and physical searches and reporting the evidence.

The course is orientated to the investigator or security specialist who needs the knowledge and ability to confidently conduct a basic computer forensic investigation. The number of attendees will be limited and bookings will be on a first come first serve basis.

Registration can be done online at or by calling 012 664 3157.

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