Computer Forensics

Date: Thursday 5 March 2009
Time: 13:00
Location: A404

The United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), an American government organisation that responds to cyber attacks defines computer forensics as the discipline that combines elements of law and computer science to collect and analyse data from computer systems, networks, wireless communications, and storage devices in a way that is admissible as evidence in a court of law. In 2008, the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town started a postgraduate diploma in Computer Forensics, leading to a honours degree and further studies for a masters and doctoral studies in Computer Forensics. This colloquium encompasses an overview of the course on teaching digital forensics at UCT. The course layout together with the areas that are covered in the course will be presented. The presentation will not go into technical details but discuss areas of computer forensics encapsulated in the coursework of computer forensics for the postgraduate studies at UCT. The talk will focus on computer crimes and response to computer related crimes, especially cyberattacks. This colloquium will be of interest to those in the computer field. Individuals who are involved in IT security or intend studying/researching in the field of computer forensics may find this presentation beneficial.


Indren Govender is a lecturer in Computer Skills in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University. He has a masters degree in Commerce, majoring in Information Systems. In 2008 he completed the coursework for the postgraduate diploma in Computer Forensics at the University of Cape Town. He is currently doing research in the field of Computer Forensics.

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