Digital Forensics Essentials is a first-of-its-kind complimentary MOOC certification that offers foundational knowledge and skills on digital forensics with labs available to add for a hands on experience. Twelve modules cover the fundamental concepts of digital forensics, such as dark web forensics, investigating web application attacks, and more in this complimentary self-study course.

Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced). Portal login details will follow in separate email.


Digital Forensics Essentials

For those with an interest in pursuing a career in Digital Forensics, you’ve found the one essentials course designed with your needs in mind. Digital Forensics Essentials is the ideal entry point for all students interested in understanding digital forensics.

This course will introduce students to Computer Forensics Fundamentals as well as the Computer Forensics Investigation Process. Plan to learn about Dark Web, Windows, Linux, Malware Forensics and so much more! With 28 live labs you won’t find a more robust, hands-on, entry-level digital forensics course anywhere.

Key Learning Outcomes: 

  • Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Computer Forensic Investigation Process
  • Understanding Hard Disks and File Systems
  • Data Acquisition and Duplication
  • Defeating Anti-Forensics Techniques
  • Windows Forensics
  • Linux and MAC Forensics
  • Network Forensics
  • Investigating Web Attacks
  • Dark Web Forensics
  • Investigating Email Crime
  • Malware Forensics

Optional Upgrades (Fee applicable) :

  1. Lab Range
  2. Post Course Assessment & Certificate of Completion
  3. Online Exam Prep Program
  4. eBook (via Vital Source Bookshelf) with Videos
  5. Certification Exam Voucher


Duration: The DFE Course is self-study.

There is an optional add-on exam, for an additional cost. This course can also be taken in person (over 2days) for a fee.  

Exam information: 

Number of questions: 75
Test duration: 2 hours 
Test format: Multiple choice