Drone Forensic Exploitation Course (DFEC)


This 5 day course is designed to take the investigator deep into the world of Drone Forensics.

The use of Drones is growing rapidly and expanding to criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations.  Police Corrections Facilities and deployed militaries are dealing with drones on a regular basis.  Read the news today and you are likely to find an article discussing the malicious use of a Drone.  Strategies and techniques to properly collect and examine these devices are not widely known, leaving investigators with the following challenges: How do you collect Drones?  How do you extract data from these devices? How do you report the information? How do you prove criminal intent and associate it to an individual as oppose to the wind pushing the device off route?

Many investigators today stop after retrieving videos, then hope they have software to extract them.  Drones do much more than record video, they can transport illegal payload like drugs and weapons, but also deliver munitions or act as the projectile!

This course will cover all of these questions and more and will give you the skills to Collect, Preserve, Examine, and Report (CPER) the hidden intelligence within a Drone.  In addition, you will leave with the skills necessary to testify in court and to develop strategies to collect data residing on these mobile platform as they evolve.

Topics of the Course:

  • What is a Drone
  • How do you safely collect the Drone Device
    • Fire Prevention
    • Use of the Drone as a weapon against you
    • Tracking of the investigators
  • Drone hardware and radio control devices
  • Disassembly techniques.  How to mine the gold
  • Data file extraction
  • Data file conversion
  • Understanding the logfiles
  • Mapping the device using MapLink
  • Finding the trackable numbers of the device
  • Producing an understandable product for court or the intelligence cycle

Like all HTCI courses, the DFEC is largely comprised of hands-on exercises following brief theoretical lessons.  Enrollment includes a toolkit consisting of freeware and greatly discounted for-profit tools.  Upon completion of the DFEC you will be ready to safely collect, disassemble, and accomplish the CPER model.