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Project 2

For the purpose of this Project, you are still the InfoSec Specialist for the Greenwood Company. Consider this project a continuation of the work you performed in Project 1. In this portion of the investigation, you are ONLY collecting the physical evidence. You will NOT be handling the digital data during this stage of the investigation. (This step will be discussed in the Final Project.) You should limit your “care and handling” of each piece of evidence to the physical handling of the digital container.

With the scenario in mind, you are to write a report to your supervisor, thoroughly providing a response to the following questions (in paragraph format, properly citing outside research, where appropriate) to both parts of the project:

Part I: Overview/Case Summary

  1. Write a short summary of the incident that has occurred and establish what permissions/authorities you have before you search Mr. McBride’s former Company work area.

Part II: Physical Evidence Acquisition:

  1. Look at the photo of Mr. McBride’s work area. (See file attachment Work_Area.jpg) Identify three (3) potential items of digital evidence you see in the photo.
  • For EACH item of digital evidence you identified, describe in first person what steps you took to collect the items (with emphasis on your care and handling of that item consistent with digital forensic best practices described in the module content/weekly readings). You should documenting these steps in a detailed way that will mitigate questions, concerns, or a basic lack of information that will call your processes into question in court.
  • For each item, explain what potential use that item would be to your investigation (e.g., what type of data that item might hold.)
  1. Look at the photo of Mr. McBride’s work area. (See file attachment Work_Area.jpg) Identify three (3) potential items of non digital evidence you see in the photo.
  • For EACH item of non digital evidence you identified, describe how you would collect each item, within standards and best practices described in your module content/weekly readings.
  • For each item, explain what potential use that item would be to your investigation (e.g., what type of data that item might hold.)
  1. Detail in your report how you secured the collection of evidence after removing it from the original scene (the desk) and prior to sending it for analysis. Describe the security procedures in place as well as any environmental protections (specific to computer/digital devices) that are in place within the storage area.
  2. Look at the Evidence Custody Document (See file attachment Evidence Custody Document.doc) and item photographs (Items seized (pics).pptx). Read the Evidence Custody Document prepared by one of your co workers in which he is attempting to document the seizure of the three (3) items pictured in the accompanying photos. Did your co worker adequately describe each item? What could you add to the descriptions, and for which items (based on what you see in the photos) to make them more complete and serve as an example to your co worker of what they SHOULD look like (how they should be described)?

Project Requirements:

  • Paper should be submitted as a basic report memo HOWEVER, an APA formatted cover page, in text citations, and reference page is required. (See the following link for memo writing guidelines:
  • Each questions should be answered with a minimum of 1 2 paragraphs, so do your research, be specific, be detailed, and demonstrate your knowledge; submit your project to the assignments folder.
  • Answers to the above questions should be submitted in a single document (.DOC/.DOCX, .RTF, or .PDF), with answers separated and/or numbered in respect to the question, so as to make it clear which question is being answered;
  • The submission should have a cover page, including course number, course title, title of paper, student’s name, date of submission, and submit to the assignments folder.
  • Format: 12 point font, double space, one inch margins;
  • It is mandatory that you do some research, and utilize outside resources! You must have a reference page that is consistent with APA citation style (see for help).
Evidence Custody Document.doc (47.5 KB)
Items seized(pics).pptx (2.5 MB)
Work Area.JPG (1.87 MB)
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Rubric Name: A MODEL Rubric for CCJS Projects Max points

Criteria

The paper is exemplary. Content of the paper exceeds all information required by assignment, demonstrates critical thinking skills, sophisticated analysis and other perspectives.

Points available: 18 20

Paper indicates effort above and beyond the Project Description in the areas of research, analysis, critical thinking, etc.

Points available: 16 17.9

In general, the content of the paper addresses the information required by the assignment.

Points available: 14 15.9

The overall content of the paper addresses less than the minimal amount of the information required by the assignment. It demonstrates marginal work and does not reflect an understanding of the project.

Points available D: 12 13.9

Points available F: 11.9

Analysis and critical thinking is evident throughout the paper, beyond the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 18 20

Paper includes evidence of analysis and critical thinking beyond the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 16 17.9

The analysis and critical thinking is consistant with the requirements in the Project Description

Points available: 14 15.9

The analysis and critical thinking reflected in this paper did not meet the requirements in the Project Description

Points available D: 12 13.9

Points available F: 0 11.9

Assignment is formatted exactly as required.

Points available: 9 10

Assignment is formatted as required with minor/ inconsequential deviations.

Points available: 8 8.9

Assignment mostly formatted as required but missing some required element(s).

Points available: 7 7.9

Assignment is missing major elements,

Points available D:6 6.9

Points available F: 0 5.9

Excellent understanding and application of theory and knowledge to the facts.

Terminology is correct in all uses.

Points available: 9 10

Clear application of theory and knowledge to the facts.

Most terminology references are correctly applied.

Points available: 8 8.9

Application of theory, knowledge and terminology indicate understanding of the concepts and focus of the project

Points available: 7 7.9

Theory and knowledge does not apply to the facts presented.

Use of terminology indicates a lack of understanding of the concepts and focus of the project

Points available D: 6 6.9

Points available F: 0 5.9

Organization is relevant to topic, clear and understandable with logical flow that makes the project easier to follow.

Points available: 9 10

Organization is clear and does not distract from the project’s content.

Points available: 8 8.9

Organization presents some MINOR distractions from the project’s content.

Points available: 7 7.9

Organization lacks relevance, is unclear, difficult to understand, or logic is missing that causes distraction for the reader.

Points available D: 6 6.9

Points available F: 0 5.9

Assignment is formatted exactly as required, all required citations and references are present and APA standards are followed in every respect.

Points available 13.5 15

Assignment is formatted as required with minor/ inconsequential deviations, resource requirements are met, citations and references are present and APA standards are followed.

Points available: 12 13.4

Assignment mostly formatted as required but missing some required elements/ sources or some APA errors are evident.

Points available: 10.5 11.9

Assignment is missing major elements, lacks required sources or APA is not followed however a different citation method is used correctly.

Points available D: 9 10.4

Points available F: 0 8.9

No or minor English and grammar usage errors.

Points available 13.5 15

A few minor/ inconsequential mistakes in English and grammar.

Points available 12 13.4

Some, but acceptable mistakes in English and/or grammar.

Points available: 10.5 11.9

Many mistakes evident in English/grammar usage.

Points available D: 9 10.4

Points available F: 0 8.9

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