SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Author - Brad Garnett

Report Writing for Digital Forensics: Part II

This blog post is a second edition and follow-up toIntro to Report Writing for Digital Forensics., which you've taken the time to review, digest, and dissect. How the digital forensic practitioner presents digital evidence to his/her intended audience (Regardless, of why we are preparing a digital forensic report), establishes proficiency of the digital forensic examination. Let's take it even a step further, how will you present your findings? Effectively reporting what you found during your forensic examination will aid you in presenting your report and the digital evidence to whomever your intended audience will be, which ultimately may be a jury in a criminal or civil proceeding. In this blog post, we are going to tackle some more report writing issues. Remember, YMMV depending on what hat you wear in digital forensics

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SANS Digital Forensics Blog Reader's Survey Results

Thank you to all of our readers that took the time to complete our blog reader's survey. Your participation was very much appreciated and we will use this information to better serve our our readers and the forensic community. Our blog has been successful because of you and it is important that we share the results with you. Not every question was answered by everyone that took the survey, so we had a tangible 111 responses (thank you).

Here are the results:



SANS Digital Forensics Blog Reader's Survey

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The blog has seen a 606% increase in traffic over the last year (Thank You!!), logging over 255,000 unique visits, and 67% of those being new visitors! Those are some great numbers that we are very proud of and we continue to strive to be a leading contributor to the digital forensics community. Our blog authors and contributors come from all walks of life in the digital forensics profession and are leading practitioners in their organizations.

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Intro to Report Writing for Digital Forensics

So you've just completed your forensic examination and found that forensic gem or smoking gun in your case, so how do you proceed? Depending on where you fall as a forensicator (e.g., law enforcement, intelligence, criminal defense work, incident response, e-discovery) you will have to report your findings. Foremost, find out what type of work product you are going to be required to produce to the client, attorney, etc. This will be your guide for completing your report. While the report writing part of the digital forensic examination process is not as fun as the forensic analysis, it is a very important link in the chain as Dave Hull summed it up here in a tweet.

As digital forensic examiners/analysts, we must report and present our findings on a very technical discipline in a simplistic manner. That may be to a supervisor, client, attorney, etc. or even to a judge and jury who will read and interpret your

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Internet Evidence Finder Part II: Intro to IEF v3.3

I had an opportunity earlier this year to interview Jad Saliba of JadSoftware.com discussing his Internet Evidence Finder tool. You can view that interview here. Hopefully, SANS Computer Forensic Blog readers enjoyed the 15% discount that Jad offered exclusively to SANS CF blog readers and have taken the time to implement this tool into your forensic toolkit. This post is part of a series and will introduce functionality of IEF v3.3. You can download the most recent version (v3.5.1 at time of this article) from JadSoftware.com.Just a brief recap of what IEF will search for on a mounted drive/folder. Facebook chat, Yahoo! chat (IEF must have chat username to decode), Windows Live Messenger chat, Google Talk chat, AIM logs, hotmail webmail fragments, yahoo! webmail fragments, etc. For a full listing of supported artifacts and limitations visit

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