Core Skills In Network Investigations


​​This course is an introduction to the comp​​uter hardware and software likely to be encountered by the network investigator or others embarking on a role dealing with computer network or internet related offending.

The course deals with the operation of single computers, operating systems, networks (wired and wireless), the internet and its applications. It provides the student with a firm foundation on which to base furthe​r specialised training.

Who should attend

​This course is designed for individuals who have or are about to be appointed as network investigators or those who have responsibility for the investigation of high tech or internet crimes.​


​This course is desig​ned to provide the student with an introduction to computers, computer operating systems, computer crimes and computer investigative resources, together with an insight into internet services, criminal use of the internet and investigative techniques.


  • ​Explain the wor​​kings of a computer

  • Explain the difference between a variety of operating systems
  • Explain how data is stored in a va​​riety of media

  • Describe the process for the seizure of electronic evidence
  • Describe the uses of differ​ent network types

  • Summarise the legal issues involved in search and seizure and network investigations

  • Explain the services a​vailable on the internet

  • Explain how these se​rvices work
  • Describe the process​​ for tracing email

  • Explain how Information Relay Chat (IRC) works and how users can be traced

  • Describe some of the c​​ommon encryption algorithms

Entry requirements

​No previous knowledge is ass​umed but an understanding of computer and common software applications would be an advantage.

Course Dates and Venues

Start dateEnd dateVenuePlaces
01/02/202110/02/2021RytonPlease email

Course duration

​8 days

Methods of delivery

​Th​rough a combination of trainer-led and practical hands-on sessions, the student will be taken from the construction of a simple PC computer, through building a network to connecting to the internet and its applications and protocols.

At each stage, the trainer-led sessions will be reinforced by practical sessions to allow the student to gain an understanding of not only the hardware and software but also the ​criminal uses and the implications of such use.

Assessment processes / accreditation details

​The students are assesse​d through a knowledge check on the final day of the course.

Additional information



Cost to HO forces


£1702.00 Tuition fee (Prices are valid 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) £1751.00 Tuition fee (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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