Are you REALLY certified by Cellebrite?

Danny GarciaAre you REALLY certified by Cellebrite?  If you have attended an official Cellebrite training course, you will have an account within our Cellebrite Learning Center, where you were able to download your certificates.

The Cellebrite Forensic Training System (CFTS) officially launched in June, 2013.  The first official Cellebrite certification class was taught at the 2013 Mobile Forensic World conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The CFTS established a standardized,
relevant and current curriculum to deliver the appropriate level of knowledge and practical experience by Cellebrite Certified Instructors (CCI) around the world.

Students attending our certification courses must complete the course and pass appropriate examinations prior to achieving Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) and/or Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) credentials. Upon completion of a course, participants receive certifications, making them eligible to move to the next stage in the curriculum.

The CFTS is designed to offer a progressive certification system, allowing those students who achieve a higher-level certification, to maintain lower level certificates.  For example, someone who earns the CCLO credential will renew that certification by achieving CCPA.  In addition, individuals who earn CCLO and CCPA, may renew both of those certifications by earning our capstone certification, Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME).

The CCME certifies that the recipient has attained a level of mastery in the discipline of mobile device forensic investigation methodology and a high level of proficiency with Cellebrite’s Physical Analyzer software as well as working and practical knowledge regarding Cellebrite’s UFED technology. The CCME test measures the practitioner’s skill using three popular mobile device operating systems including Android, iOS, and Blackberry. CCME certification indicates that an investigator is a skilled mobile device examiner.  The CCME is available to applicants who have completed the Cellebrite Mobile Forensic Fundamentals (CMFF) course, and hold current official CCLO and CCPA certifications.  Examiners wishing to earn their CCME certification must complete the process within two years of earning their CCPA credential.

Have questions about Cellebrite certification and our recertification process? We have published information and an FAQ at https://www.cellebritelearningcenter.com/mod/page/view.php?id=4625.

Get hands-on with Cellebrite’s new JTAG Extraction and Decoding (CJED) course

The growing popularity of JTAG forensics is an indicator of its undeniable advantages. These include the ability to access physical memory even when a device is damaged, or when commercial tools don’t support user lock bypass, such as with prepaid devices. Furthermore, the method is non-destructive compared to the chip-off method.

Still, the JTAG process requires significant resources. It can take many hours for an examiner to transform the raw data into human interpretable evidence, and without training, making the wrong connections or pressing the wrong buttons can cause the destruction of evidence. Getting trained, therefore, is one of the top priorities any organization should have for a full investment in JTAG capabilities.

Part of the Advanced Training Pathway courses we announced two weeks ago, the new three-day instructor-led JTAG Extraction and Decoding (CJED) course introduces the techniques and best practices required to perform JTAG extractions and decoding, as well as addressing common challenges in these methods and offering hands-on practice.

Take 30 minutes to watch the video below to learn how to easily integrate and decode JTAG extractions using UFED Physical Analyzer, which newly supports JTAG chains both generic and brand-specific for automated decoding. Get a brief overview of the hardware you will receive in our CJED course, including a Molex adapter kit and a RIFF brand JTAG box, with which you’ll be able to practice fundamental soldering skills.

JTAG skills can help you expedite your investigation and maximize the evidence you can retrieve from damaged, prepaid, and unsupported devices. Once you’ve viewed the webinar, be sure to register at a location near you for the CJED class!

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Prepare to tackle smartphones & JTAG with Cellebrite’s new Advanced Training Pathway courses

Smartphone operating and file systems, damaged and prepaid devices, and increasing amounts of data all present conundrums to mobile forensics examiners. It takes time to learn the intricacies of various device and OS versions, and time to sift through the gigabytes of data that each device can contain. These problems are compounded when a device is severely damaged and you have to send it out to a specialist lab to recover the evidence.

To help you build professional expertise to meet those challenges, Cellebrite is pleased to announce the addition of an all-new Advanced Training Pathway. Designed to enhance the forensic expertise you received from the CCPA Core Certification, the courses included in this pathway provide you with the specialized extraction and analysis skills you need to maximize the amount of evidence you can retrieve from smartphones and damaged devices:

  • The 3-day instructor-led Cellebrite Advanced Smartphone Analysis (CASA) course allows students to take an in-depth look at the challenges posed by iOS, Android, and Windows Phone® devices. The course covers the analysis of SQLite databases, issues related to iOS passcodes, and artifacts from the three major smartphone platforms.
  • The 3-day instructor-led Cellebrite JTAG Extraction and Decoding (CJED) class teaches participants about the methodologies, purpose, and origins of the JTAG process. Participants can expect hands-on practice with fundamental soldering skills, as well as with using UFED Physical Analyzer to decode JTAG extraction. A RIFF brand JTAG box, a Molex adapter kit, a class specific tool kit, and a Cellebrite soldering practice board will all be available for participants to take back with them.

Get the skills you need to maximize your mobile device evidence collection and analysis efforts. Register at the Cellebrite Learning Center today to advance your professional expertise!

Self-paced training joins instructor-led classes in Cellebrite’s online offerings

The Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) certification course recently joined our Mobile Forensic Fundamentals online class, officially making Cellebrite the first mobile forensics vendor to offer any kind of online certification training.

Online training is valuable when you are unable to travel, can’t take time away from work, or simply prefer online learning. On-demand online training scales for organizations that need to train large teams simultaneously and cost-effectively, because participants can learn without interruption to operations.

Cellebrite’s on-demand, self-paced courses are instructionally equivalent to Cellebrite’s instructor-led training (ILT) courses. In fact, Cellebrite Certified Instructors are integrated “virtually” into the online course. This enables you to receive real-time feedback on your progress through dynamic navigation and regular “learning checks.”

You can also revisit lessons for review and additional practice. This interaction, along with scenario-based conditional logic—which offers different steps for you to follow as part of learning to think critically about mobile forensics—are part of practical exercises that help you to learn forensic techniques and processes hands on.

In other words, this is not a pre-recorded webinar! Complete Cellebrite courses on your own time directly via the Cellebrite Learning Center. Our video describes this in greater detail:

One part of a broader professional training strategy

The new online offering follows the trajectory of Cellebrite’s comprehensive, standardized training curriculum, the first and only to be offered across three different delivery models. The curriculum began last year with classroom-based training and added instructor-led online training, followed by the Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner certification test, earlier this year.

The availability of the CCME certification addresses hazards which ProPublica raised in its article “No Forensic Background? No Problem.” Although the article focused on certifications in the physical forensic sciences, it covered very similar issues found in the digital forensics community:

“There are a lot of people practicing, but there’s no assurance that they have the requisite training and board certification to see if they do have the skills to do the practical [work],” said Dr. Marcella Fierro, one of the NAS report’s authors and the former chief medical examiner of Virginia….

“Credentials are often appealing shortcuts,” Michigan circuit court judge Donald Shelton said. Fancy titles can have a disproportionate effect on juries, he added. “Jurors have no way of knowing that this certifying body, whether it’s this one or any other one, exacts scientific standards or is just a diploma mill.”

Cellebrite designed not just the CCLO and CCPA, but the CCME in particular, to address these issues by encouraging full professional proficiency and not just proficiency at using UFED tools.

Enroll now in our online on-demand training as a first step toward certification!

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