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Case Leads: A Forensicator's take on BlackHat/DefCon/BSides

It's been a busy time in digital forensics and incident response (DFIR). Every summer, for over 20 years, infosec and forensicators and old school hackers have gathered in Las Vegas. A mixture of very deep tech talks, trainings, and technology oriented distractions "flood the zone" in Las Vegas. Close to 15-20,000 people were in Las Vegas this summer for what has now evolved into three separate conferences, all in the same week.

July 27th was the start of Black Hat atCaesars Palace in Las Vegas. The conference kicks off with training in the last weekend of the month, and finishes onWednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st, with lectures and technical demonstrations, called "Black Hat Briefings." This year, in the wake of the NSA/Snowden rowe, NSA Director, General Keith Alexander gave the opening keynote. Black Hat was more corporate than ever, with more sponsor banners, and sponsor-generated talks (disclosed by the organizers, and placed in a separate area, bravo!)


Encrypted Disk Detector Version 2

Last year I covered the free Encrypted Disk Detector (EDD) tool and challenged the community to help crowdsource its development [link]. Thank you to all that took part in the experiment. Magnet Forensics announced today that Encrypted Disk Detector version 2 is available [get it here].

Survey Results

In addition to encouraging additional development of EDD, a side benefit of the project was to get an idea of the most popular disk encryption products being deployed. Figure 1 provides the survey results, with Checkpoint Full Disk Encryption, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, and Sophos (formerly Utimaco) Safeguard rounding out the top three. I think many of us could ...

Cloud Forensics with F-Response

Like many great inventions, the idea behind F-Response is so simple and elegant it is hard not to punish yourself for not thinking of it. Using the iSCSI protocol to provide read-only mounting of remote devices opens up a wealth of options for those of us working in geographically dispersed environments. I have used it for everything from remote imaging to fast forensic triage to live memory analysis. F-Response is vendor-neutral and tool independent, essentially opening up a network pipe to remote devices and allowing the freedom of using nearly any tool in your kit. The product is so good, I really wouldn't blame them for just sitting back and counting their money. Luckily, counting money gets boring fast, so instead the folks at F-Response have kept innovating and adding value. Their latest additions are new "Connector" tools: Database, Cloud, and Email.

Now is the time to start planning how to acquire forensic copies of all that data your organization is pushing


Caseleads: South Korea Attack Forensics; Google Glass Brings Discoverable Evidence To Litigation; The Post Data Breach Boom; Fighting Insider Fraudsters

Mark this date: On March 20th 2013, the non-technical managers may finally start to understand what a digital forensics professional actually does. With the massive cyber attacks on South Korean banks, media outlets, and ISPs, the role of forensicators is put front and center. The attack(s) resulted in widespread ATM outages, online banking and mobile banking offline, and tens of thousands of PCs wiped of all their data. At minimum, non-technical decision makers should finally start to understand that cyber attackers are not targeting "someone else." The attacks in South Korea had an impact on the bottom line of many South Korean firms. Since many of the same strategies for information security and incident response are used by most westernized nations, many experts agree that the attacks in South Korea are a warning sign of what could happen in the United States. We have analytical coverage of the South Korean attacks, with stories and drill downs that go beyond the


Case Leads: DFIR Lessons from Sandy; The Advanced Persistent Intruder; The Secure Breach; Windows8 Forensics; South Carolina Tax Info Protected by "TWO FIREWALLS"

The general public is getting a lesson in incident response with the post Hurricane Sandy storm damage in the Northeastern part of the United States. Your case leads blogger is working on incident responses related to the storm. Many non-technical professionals have had a chance to witness the challenges of DFIR. And some are starting to ask some very intelligent questions: How resistant are IT systems to intentional cyber attacks? Could attackers do more damage than a natural disaster? We have stories this week that try to answer the question this way: Do we need a strategic shift in how we respond to incidents? Listen to the interview with Conrad Constantine on his take regarding a new approach to incident response.

Before all the storm coverage saturated the news, there were a flurry of news stories following Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's statements on how poorly prepared the nation's critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber attacks. And, after Hurricane