A question often asked is, “What education and training is necessary to work in digital forensics?” There is not one easy, simple answer to this question. First of all, an individual has to make a choice of career pathways, namely do they wish to work in the public sector or in the private sector.
Source code and text comparison is an established, well-known analysis technique. Using a...
It is very important that the digital evidence be preserved from the time of seizure until it is...
These days a great deal more is required of an attorney before the motion for injunctive relief can be filed. You can help them meet their professional obligations by providing advice on the preliminary steps that need to be addressed to preserve electronically stored information. The attorney must first establish a litigation hold of all potentially relevant electronically stored information.
To attain ASCLD/LAB – International accreditation, a laboratory must achieve 100% compliance with every applicable clause in the accreditation requirements. Often overlooked is the fact that just about every sentence or lists of items in the accreditation requirements are ratable clauses to which the laboratory must demonstrate conformance.
Good case management workflow for website capture should include researching the suspect company background and website, identifing necessary resources required for the project, initiating and executing the project, and reporting and testimony.
Locard’s Exchange Principle is often cited in forensics publications, “Every contact leaves a trace.” In the cyber world, the perpetrator may or may not come in physical contact with the crime scene, thus, this brings a new facet to crime scene analysis.
Cross-examination can be very tricky and quickly make you appear to be feeble minded. There are two types of questions often asked to catch you off guard, whereby attempting to discredit your testimony. Once you have deciphered which type of question you are being asked, thoroughly think through your answer before speaking, and then answer with confidence.
Trackpoints are the Holy Grail in GPS forensics. They are the electronic breadcrumb trail that tells an investigator exactly where and when the device was in a specific location. With trackpoints, criminal acts can be pinpointed down to almost the exact second a crime was committed.
In writing your report you need to keep in mind the likely reader or readers. If technical explanations are required, you need to provide interpretations of the technical matters in lay terms that all of the people reading your report can understand. Define technical terms in the body of the report or with footnotes.
The lack of control on the examiner's part makes collection the generally accepted problem with cloud-based evidence. Because the examiner has neither access to the physical hard drive nor control over the network, s/he will at most have access to the data through the end user's Web browser, or through a computer connected to the same network's access.
What most agencies fail to realize is that the lack of SOPs involving digital image integrity and workflow means images submitted for court purposes may not survive if challenged by a knowledgeable attorney. These digital complexities have not yet been realized, so images taken by photographers will likely fail one of three very basic criteria.
The courts have generally accepted evidence collected from the Internet as long as its authenticity can be established. Commonly accepted digital forensic methodologies can all be used to identify a three-pronged approach to Internet forensics.
Reports can get long and are often very detailed. While I would like to think that they marvel over every word, I know that what they really want to do is to zero in on the really juicy bits, and be able to navigate easily to other points as needed.
For those contemplating starting a Digital Forensics section, review the issues listed below. Although not a complete listing, minimally, it can serve as a starting point. Individual specific needs and requirements will possibly identify others that have to be addressed.
Investigators are normally trained not to interact with a live system, or minimally, however, “pulling the plug” on a live system is not without inherent risk. All stored volatile information is lost when power is removed. Removing power from a live system with a BIOS password will cause difficulties later when a forensic examiner attempts to gain access to the BIOS to obtain system information.
Consoles today play an increasing part in even local police investigations across the country. In a presentation to law enforcement, Microsoft made clear that "investigators may participate in Xbox live in undercover operations."
There are two things an investigator can do to gain credibility in the courtroom as an expert witness. One is cross-validation of the tools used. The second is to make sure the investigator has a solid understanding of the evidence and how it was gathered.
As a result of the Android's secure architecture, forensic examiners do not have a built-in mechanism we can use on the phone to extract core user data. Instead, new techniques must be developed which require some interaction with the device. There are four primary ways to approach forensics on an Android device.
When serving as an expert in federal court, the most significant change is that an expert witness need not disclose prior versions of their report, or communications had with the hiring attorney about the report. This eliminates a common technique of cross examination in which the expert's evolving drafts were reviewed with the idea of creating the impression on the jury that the expert was willing to change his or her opinions.
The industry of digital forensics and electronic discovery is still a rather young one. Yet it has been around long enough to develop standards and best practices for handling multiple types of digital files on various mediums. The challenge of taming the land of social media and Webmail—where each platform has its own rules, or no rules at all—is just like taming the Wild West.
When the examiner is ready to investigate a phone, he may have a checklist to make sure that the examination machine is ready. This computer, known as the examination computer can be a laptop or a desktop. The main requirement is that it has at least a Pentium 90 for processing speed and enough RAM to operate the cell phone forensic software.
An interesting and useful way to determine if the system clock has been set back is to sort Event Log records by event record number and observe the times...for each sequential record number, does the generated time for the record increment accordingly?
Social networking sites are great for intelligence gathering on a target, if you are lucky enough to find the “correct” target on the site. The intelligence gathered from social networking sites ranges from dates and times of specific locations (timestamps on pictures), friends and associates, pictures of targets, and others.
The forensic implications of Google Analytics cookies are tremendous. Unlike HTTP cookies, GA cookies provide the forensic examiner with an extensive amount of data on the user of a particular Web browser. Instead of tracking every page reload, which can be misleading to an investigator, GA cookies track just the new sessions.
Apart from the expert report, probably the most important document you are likely to create as an expert witness is your Curriculum Vitae or resume. This is the first document an attorney considering hiring you will look at, and it is the first document an attorney planning to cross examine you will look at in preparation for your examination.
Any actively used information or data by a computer program or hardware device will run through the system's RAM at the time it is being used. So why is RAM analysis not a part of every computer forensic investigation? There are two main reasons.
An important consideration is a triage tool’s intended use. Several different tools may be needed for investigators and examiners to cover potential uses from performing a more in-depth analysis or quickly triaging a number of computers to determine which ones need further analysis.
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