SANS FOR610 malware analysis course was refreshed to incorporate the latest Windows tools for examining malicious software. Starting with the April 2014 event in Orlando, conference students will receive a toolkit based on a pre-built Windows 8.1 virtual machine. This toolkit supplements the Linux-based REMnux virtual machine that has been a staple of malware analysts' arsenal of utilities. The update also introduces several new malware analysis tools, samples and techniques.
Examining static properties of suspicious files is a good starting point for malware analysis. This effort allows you to perform an initial assessment of the file without even infecting a lab system or studying its code. Let's take a look at several free Windows tools that are useful for extracting such meta data from potentially-malicious executables.
Many malware reverse-engineers consider OllyDbg a valuable part of their toolkit. The latest version 1 release of this powerful debugger has been showing its age. Fortunately, version 2.01 seems to be sufficiently mature to start displacing its predecessor as part of the malware analysis workflow. Here's what you can expect when starting to experiment with OllyDbg version 2.01.
As the world of information technology grows in size and complexity, sectors within the IT industry become more and more specialized. Within IT, information security used to be considered niche. Nowadays, saying that your're an infosec professional positions you as somewhat of a generalist. After all, within the infosec field there are several specialization areas, including compliance, pen testing, application security. Even within the area of digital forensics and incident response, many sub-fields have emerged, as discussed in this post.
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