Digital Forensics / Incident Response Forms, Policies, and Procedures

  For my Master of Science Degree in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA) I wrote my thesis about the overall lack of standards, certifications, and accreditation in the digital forensics discipline (available here).  This lack of rigor within our profession may very well jeopardize the credibility of our discipline. Over the past decade that I have

Disheveled Digital Forensics: The Impact of Inconsistent Standards, Certifications, and Accreditation

Abstract   Technology and digital evidence are at the forefront of nearly every criminal, civil, and corporate investigation in the world. For the past thirty years digital evidence such as computers, cellular phones, tablets, servers, GPS devices, gaming consoles, storage devices, and network infrastructure devices have been forensically analyzed and presented in legal proceedings. In many

Using a SAN or NAS to Store Digital Evidence

  Over the years the question of how to store digital forensic evidence has been raised many times.  Forensic examiners often ask how to properly use a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in a digital forensic laboratory.  Some of the main questions asked are: 1) How do you handle the

Creating Screenshots and Recordings in Digital Forensic Investigations Using Free Mac Tools

There are many reasons why anyone working in the digital forensics/incident response profession should have the ability to record the screen of their computer. Whether it is recording the actions taken during an investigation so another person can replicate them, recording an adversaries activity on a victim machine, or simply creating some training videos,

Finding Deleted URLs in Mozilla Firefox places.sqlite File

Issue: URLs visible within the places.sqlite database file when viewing the file in hex view that are not visible when viewing the file in SQLite Manager or FTK’s viewer.  The URLs seen in hex view are relevant to the investigation. Test Information: Path for Mozilla information (Windows XP):  C:\Documents and Settings\%user%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\%uniquevalue%.default\ OS:  Windows XP SP 3, 32