In writing the computer forensics investigation plan, students need to address following points. Do note that points listed below are not exhaustive and need to be considered as helpful tips. • Justify a need for computer forensics methodology and consider the scope of the case including nature of alleged misconducts leading to consideration of how electronic and digital evidence may support the investigation. The plan should consider how computer forensics differs from other techniques (such as data recovery) and detail the overall steps for the systematic computer forensics approach. • Consider the required resources and include details regarding preparation plan for evidence gathering (such as evidence forms, types, storage media and containers), forensics workstation and peripherals needed, software/tools for analysis depending on the type of evidence to be gathered including rationale for selected tools, and consideration of team member skills in digital analysis (such as OS knowledge, skills for interviewing, consultation, working as per the needs of the team and understanding of law and University policies). • Detail the approach for data acquisition including the different types of evidence that can be gathered and their source depending upon the nature of the case and scope of investigation, develop a plan for data acquisition including rationale for selected plan and contingency planning, detail type of data acquisition tools needed including rationale and an outline for the data validation & verification procedures. • Provide an outline of the forensic analysis procedures/steps depending upon the nature of evidence to be collected, and detail the validation approach. This can include techniques to counter data hiding, recovering deleted files, procedures for network and e-mail analysis. • Develop suitable security policies for the University. • Provide appropriate recommendations to the University for dealing with the problems. • Table of contents for the investigative plan should consider what to include in the report, structure of the report, focus or scope of the report including supporting material to be provided and references. This table of contents should include headings and sub-headings pertaining to the aspects addressed in the above dot points.
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