Monday, 31 January 2011

Exchange 2010 Course Reduced To Five Days

Our Microsoft Exchange 2010 course has been shortened to a blistering five days.

Now students will gain both of the following certifications
within just one working week:

Exam 70-662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
Exam 70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

A Student's Blog From Firebrand MCITP Enterprise Administrator Course

This blog post is a few months old now, but remains a great insight into what it's like studying behind the Firebrand walls. A first-person view of Accelerated Learning!

If you want to see what MCITP Enterprise Administrator training is like, take a look at this Cert Forums post.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Information Security Salaries Rise 11% In 2010

Information security salaries in the UK increased by 11% in 2010, according to a market report by Barclay Simpson.

There was a spike in recuitment in the sector in early 2010. This is said to have been catch-up from a slow 2009, where recruitment was low. It is indicative of the improving economy that this growth was primarily in the financial services sector.

In late 2010, the demand for information security professionals continued to grow. As the amount of available professionals shrunk, it led to the increase in salaries.

It's not expected to end there. The report predicts that salaries will continue to grow an additional 10% in 2011.

Monday, 24 January 2011

New eBook - iOS Forensic Analysis: for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

The new ebook iOS Forensic Analysis by Sean Morrissey provides an in-depth look at investigative processes for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

This iOS information has never been published before, and the book delivers data sets that are new and evolving. Digital Forensics Investigators will find the full device examination interesting, as well as vital to their work.

The book includes information on:

  • How to respond to security incidents involving iOS devices
  • How to acquire and analyze data on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad
  • How to analyze media exploitation on iOS devices
The book is aimed at: Computer forensic professionals, law enforcement, lawyers, security professionals, those who are curious about such things, and educators.

The author has more than 20 years Mac and PC experience, was formerly a trainer for the US State Department, a private e-discovery consultant, and provided support for companies like Dell and Hewlett Packard.

You can buy the book from Apress.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Part 6: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Contribute Every Day

For the last fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine has taken over the Firebrand blog. Rob has been taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

So, trying not to be too repetitive, we really do need a few good forensicators to step up to the challenge. Our field will continue to grow at pace and we need additional leaders and mentors to aid in the transformation from backroom niche profession to a digital forensics becoming the cornerstone of the security profession.

Even if you are new, participation, seeking a mentor and asking questions is the best way to engage in the community. Do not be caught on the sidelines. Help us. Contribute today.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Part 5: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Volunteer

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

Reach out to your local law enforcement and see if they have a digital forensics unit. Ask if you could volunteer your time there to help with the lab, cases, or even to give small briefings on latest trends in the field.

Local law enforcement units are the professionals on the front line and tend to be the most likely to have small cyber crime labs; however, they are also thwarted by limited staffing and often too busy to keep up with the latest news and techniques. I have many examples of friends who are currently volunteering with local police; it is very rewarding.

Friday's post will look at how you can contribute to the Digital Forensics profession every day.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Firebrand Training Expands Further - Now We're In Luxembourg

Firebrand Training has officially expanded its business to Luxembourg. The country has a population of more than half a million, and is the world's only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy.

Luxembourg is famed for its high-speed rail links and communication networks. Accelerated Learning will surely come second-nature to the nation bordered by Belgium, France and Germany.

Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training explains: "Due to its location in the heart of Western Europe, Luxembourg has developed a highly sophisticated IT and telecommunications infrastructure."

"The IT population of Luxembourg needs Accelerated Learning to help it to continue to develop at this electric pace."

"We will be offering our full portfolio - including MCSE, CCNA, and PRINCE2 certifications."

Monday, 17 January 2011

Part 4: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Advocate

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

Reach out to professional groups in your area and join these groups. Membership organizations such as Infraguard, HTCIA, and ISSA are consistently looking for new members. Join these groups, become a member. Share your experiences. Participate.

If you have a topic to share, consider becoming a speaker and submitting your idea to one of the regular community conferences. Join Twitter. Join LinkedIn. Join community email lists. Start a blog or contribute as an author to an existing one.

Wednesday's post will look at volunteering.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Part 3: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Development and Feedback

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

Many individuals and groups write tools for both commercial and open source digital forensic platforms. Anyone can help here by providing feedback on the tools they use; just email the developers, vendor, or open source community. Developers are constantly looking for new ideas and improvements to their capabilities. Tight partnership with the community is crucial in providing operators updated capabilities and fit-for-purpose products.

Next Monday's post will look at the importance of becoming an advocate of the profession.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Part 2: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Research

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

The community is lacking dedicated researchers. We are looking for all aspects of research, both on digital forensic artifacts and new technologies. Most of the community has fallen into the habit of using existing information and extant tools; often with little validation or testing that ensures the science is true. However, scientists routinely make mistakes. As a result, we need more of you starting your own research projects and we certainly need more of you providing critical peer review of others’.

How can you get started? One way is to start by performing peer reviews of existing research already published. It’s true to say that there is more unknown in digital forensics than there is known and we could stand to have a few more individuals analyzing the myriad artifacts to ensure the analysis matches the science.

Friday's post will look at development and feedback.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Part 1: How To Become a Better Digital Forensics Investigator - Introduction

For a fortnight, Rob Lee from Digital Forensics Magazine is taking over the Firebrand blog. Throughout the next two weeks, Rob will be taking a look at how Digital Forensics Investigators can develop themselves, and the profession itself:

Our community is small. Similar to walking into your favorite bar and seeing your best friends there, attending conferences feels like a reunion. This will not last. We are growing at an increased pace. Last year, “Information Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert” was the number #1 coolest job for the SANS “Top 20 Coolest Information Security Jobs.” Every day, I see new individuals entering the field, from law enforcement to the intelligence community, from information security professionals to those involved in litigation. The reason is simple: our work is important and makes a difference. As a result, each of us should actively help foster community building to ensure that we grow smartly as a profession.

Estimates have suggested that there are approximately 30,000 digital forensic professionals in the world. As we continue to expand the field, many individuals are contributing back into the community to help further the profession. Individuals, such as Dave Hull, Ovie Carroll, Lance Mueller, and many others, routinely give up their own time to get involved and help many individuals on a daily basis.

However, we desperately need more dedicated professionals contributing this growing community. You do not have to be exceptionally talented, know how to code, or even spend money, if you want to contribute. You can simply join a professional organization, get to know your peers, and of course, most importantly, participate. My mantra now is simple: “What have you done to help further our profession today?”

So, how can you get involved? Wednesday's post will look at the use of research in the profession.

Digital Forensics Magazine is a quarterly features and news magazine, from the world of computer and cyber crime and digital forensics. To mark Rob's takover of the blog, Firebrand Training is offering half price EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certification, if you book the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) course at the same time. Call us on 080 80 800 888 and join the Digital Forensics community!

Friday, 7 January 2011

UK First - Firebrand Introduces Electronic PRINCE2 Testing

Firebrand Training has become the only authorised PRINCE2® training provider to trial delivery of the Practitioner exam electronically.

When this option is exercised, you will leave with the
PRINCE2® results in your hand - unlike with most training providers, where you would have to wait months for your results.