This is a professional level course which provides a foundation for students new to the digital forensics field. The course presents a practical guide to what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key technical concepts and the tools needed to perform examinations and media exploitation techniques. This course is geared toward people with a solid knowledge of computers, but no programming skills are necessary. The course topics include the fundamentals of forensic science, laws and regulations relating to digital data, quality assurance and best practices in a digital laboratory, basic terminology, an introduction to forensic software, operating and file systems artifacts and user artifacts.




1 week – 40 hours


Coming soon!


Monday, October 26, 2020


Matthew Ruddell

Matt Ruddell is a member of the National Forensic Science Technology Center, a program at FIU, specializing in Digital Forensic course development and delivery. He spent fifteen years working for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the crime laboratory, twelve of those in the Digital Forensics section. He received his Masters of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida while working full time in the crime lab. During his time working in the lab, Matt has worked over one thousand cases involving a variety of crimes including death investigations, sexual assault, drug cases, a variety of different types of fraud, money laundering, prostitution, hacking and lots of child exploitation cases. Matt has analyzed and extracted data from almost any device you can imagine including computer and laptop hard drives, cell phones and GPS devices, gaming consoles, surveillance system DVRs, and even spy cameras and credit card skimming devices. Matt helped develop and implement the advanced mobile device techniques allowing the extraction of data from previously inaccessible mobile devices. He was one of the chief architects of the policies and procedures used statewide and testified several times as an expert witness in state, federal, and military court proceedings. Matt has worked as a course developer and instructor for a defense contractor, and developed and teaches the capstone course for the Cyber Criminology major at Florida State University. His emphasis is taking his real-world practical knowledge and transferring that into classroom training exercises, so that students are better prepared for what is actually out there. Matt specializes in:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Mobile Device Forensics
  • Advanced Mobile Device data extraction including Chip off, JTAG, and ISP
  • Forensic Digital Image and Video Enhancement
  • Expert Testimony
  • Policy and Procedure Development
  • ANAB Accreditation Assessor – Digital Forensics