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SANS Forensics Whitepapers

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SANS Forensics Whitepapers
Paper Author Cert
Putting it all together through Automation Kenneth Ray GCFE
Leveraging the PE Rich Header for Static M alware D etection and Linking Maksim Dubyk GREM
ATT&CKing Threat Management: A Structured Methodology for Cyber Threat Analysis Andy Piazza GCFA
Reverse Engineering of WannaCry Worm and Anti Exploit Snort Rules Hirokazu Murakami GREM
Unpacking & Decrypting FlawedAmmyy Michael Downey GREM
Disrupting the Empire: Identifying PowerShell Empire Command and Control Activity Michael Long II GCFA
Detection of Backdating the System Clock in Windows Xiaoxi Fan GCFE
Exploring the Effectiveness of Approaches to Discovering and Acquiring Virtualized Servers on ESXi Scott Perry GCFE
Automated Analysis of “abuse” mailbox for employees with the help of Malzoo Niels Heijmans GREM
Evidence of Data Exfiltration via Containerised Applications on Virtual Private Servers Seth Enoka GCFE
Hunting for Ghosts in Fileless Attacks Buddy Tancio GCFA
Windows 10 as a Forensic Platform Ferenc Kovacs GCFA
Automating Static File Analysis and Metadata Collection Using Laika BOSS Charles DiRaimondi IV GREM
Filesystem Timestamps: What Makes Them Tick? Tony Knutson GCFA
The Importance of Business Information in Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), the information required and how to collect it Deepak Bellani GREM
A Forensic Look at Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Michael Doran GCFA
Loki-Bot: Information Stealer, Keylogger, & More! Rob Pantazopoulos GREM
Incident Response in Amazon EC2: First Responders Guide to Security Incidents in the Cloud Tom Arnold GCFE
Pick a Tool, the Right Tool: Developing a Practical Typology for Selecting Digital Forensics Tools Rick Kiper GCFA
Forensication Education: Towards a Digital Forensics Instructional Framework Rick Kiper GCFE
Intelligence-Driven Incident Response with YARA Ricardo Dias GCFA
Straddling the Next Frontier Part 2: How Quantum Computing has already begun impacting the Cyber Security landscape Eric Jodoin GCFA
Case Study: 2012 DC3 Digital Forensic Challenge Basic Malware Analysis Exercise Kenneth Zahn GREM
Investigative Forensic Workflow-based Case Study for Vectra and Cyphort Jennifer Mellone GCFE
On the x86 Representation of Object Oriented Programming Concepts for Reverse Engineers Jason Batchelor GREM
Windows ShellBag Forensics in Depth Vincent Lo GCFA
IDS File Forensics George Khalil GCFA
A Detailed Analysis of an Advanced Persistent Threat Malware Frankie Fu Kay Li GREM
Forensic Images: For Your Viewing Pleasure Sally Vandeven GCFA
Using IOC (Indicators of Compromise) in Malware Forensics Hun Ya Lock GREM
Digital Forensic Analysis of Amazon Linux EC2 Instances Kenneth Hartman GCFA
A Journey into Litecoin Forensic Artifacts Daniel Piggott GCFA
MalwareD: A study on network and host based defenses that prevent malware from accomplishing its goals Dave Walters GREM
Clash of the Titans: ZeuS v SpyEye Harshit Nayyar GREM
An Opportunity In Crisis Harshit Nayyar GREM
Comprehensive Blended Malware Threat Dissection Analyze Fake Anti-Virus Software and PDF Payloads Anthony Cheuk Tung Lai GREM
Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement John Wulff GCFA
Creating a Baseline of Process Activity for Memory Forensics Gordon Fraser GCFA
Forensic Timeline Analysis using Wireshark GIAC (GCFA) Gold Certification David Fletcher GCFA
Using Virtualization in Internal Forensic Training and Assessment Courtney Imbert GCFA
Automation of Report and Timeline-file based file and URL analysis Florian Eichelberger GCFA
Bug Bounty Programs: Enterprise Implementation Jason Pubal GCFA
Repurposing Network Tools to Inspect File Systems Andre Thibault GCFA
Enhancing incident response through forensic, memory analysis and malware sandboxing techniques Wylie Shanks GCFA
Using Sysmon to Enrich Security Onion's Host-Level Capabilities Joshua Brower GCFA
Indicators of Compromise in Memory Forensics Chad Robertson GCFA
Forensicator FATE - From Artisan To Engineer Barry Anderson GCFA
Computer Forensic Timeline Analysis with Tapestry Derek Edwards GCFA
Tech Refresh for the Forensic Analysis Toolkit Derek Edwards GCFA
Windows Logon Forensics Sunil Gupta GCFA
Windows Logon Forensics Sunil Gupta GCFA
Tor Browser Artifacts in Windows 10 Aron Warren GCFA
Analysis of the building blocks and attack vectors associated with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Jean Agneessens GREM
Mac OS X Malware Analysis Joel Yonts GCFA
Building a Malware Zoo Joel Yonts GREM
Forensic Analysis of Industrial Control Systems Lewis Folkerth GCFA
Using Image Excerpts to Jumpstart Windows Forensic Analysis John Brown GCFA
A Regular Expression Search Primer for Forensic Analysts Timothy Cook GCFA
Live Response Using PowerShell Sajeev Nair GCFA
Analysis of a Multi-Architecture SSH Linux Backdoor Angel Alonso-Parrizas GREM
CC Terminals, Inc.Forensic Examination Report: Examination of a USB Hard Drive Brent Duckworth GCFA
Forensic Analysis of a SQL Server 2005 Database Server Kevvie Fowler GCFA
Taking advantage of Ext3 journaling file system in a forensic investigation Gregorio Narvaez GCFA
Lessons from a Linux Compromise John Ritchie GCFA
Forensic Analysis of a Compromised NT Server(Phishing) Andres Velazquez GCFA
Analysis of an unknown USB JumpDrive image Roger Hiew GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass Joe Fresch GREM
Report on the Forensic Analysis of a recovered Floppy Disk Steve Armstrong GCFA
Analysis of a Windows XP Professional compromised system Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez GCFA
Analysis of a Commercial Keylogger installed on multiple systems Merlin Namuth GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass David Chance GREM
Reverse Engineering the Microsoft exFAT File System Robert Shullich GCFA
How not to use a rootkit Mike Wilson GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass James Shewmaker GREM
Analysis of a Red Hat Honeypot James Shewmaker GCFA
Forensic with Open-Source Tools and Platform: USB Flash Drive Image Forensic Analysis Leonard Ong GCFA
Forensic analysis of a Windows 2000 computer literacy training and software development device Golden Richard GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass James Balcik GREM
Forensic Analysis Procedures of a Compromised system using Encase Jeffrey McGurk GCFA
Forensic analysis of a Compromised Windows 2000 workstation Charles Fraser GCFA
Forensic Analysis on a compromised Windows 2000 Honeypot Peter Hewitt GCFA
Evaluation of Crocwareis Mount Image Pro as a Forensic Tool Hugh Tower-Pierce GCFA
Camouflaged and Attacked? Bertha Marasky GCFA
Forensic Analysis of a Compromised Intranet Server Roberto Obialero GCFA
HONORS-Analysis of a USB Flashdrive Image Raul Siles GCFA
Forensic Analysis of a compromised Sun Ultra 5 workstation Carl Madzelan GCFA
Safe at Home? David Perez GCFA
Forensic Analysis of a USB Flash Drive Norrie Bennie GCFA
Portable System for Network Forensics Data Collection and Analysis Don Murdoch GCFA
Open Source Forensic Analysis - Windows 2000 Server - Andre Arnes GCFA
Forensic Analysis of dual bootable Operating System (OS) running a default Red Hat 6.2 Linux server installation and Windows 98 Mohd Shukri Othman GCFA
Forensic Analysis of an EBay acquired Drive Daniel Wesemann GCFA
Analysis of a Linux Honeypot Tyler Hudak GCFA
Analyze an Unknown Image and Forensic Tool Validation: Sterilize Steven Becker GCFA
Binary Analysis, Forensics and Legal Issues Michael Wyman GCFA
Analysis on a compromised Linux RedHat 8.0 Honeypot Jeff Bryner GCFA
Validation of Norton Ghost 2003 John Brozycki GCFA
Analysis of a Suspect Red Hat Linux 6.2 System Ray Strubinger GCFA
Forensic Analysis on a Windows 2000 Pro Workstation David Cragg GCFA
Sys Admins and Hackers/Analysis of a hacked system Lars Fresen GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass Gregory Leibolt GREM
Analysis of a Potentially Misused Windows 95 System Gregory Leibolt GCFA
Forensic Analysis Think pad 600 laptop running Windows 2000 server Brad Bowers GCFA
Validation of Restorer 2000 Pro v1.1 (Build 110621) Denis Brooker GCFA
Analysis of a Suspect Red Hat Linux 6.1 System James Fung GCFA
Dead Linux Machines Do Tell Tales James Fung GCFA
Analysis and Comparison of Red Hat Linux 6.2 Honeypots With & Without LIDS-enabled Kernels Greg Owen GCFA
Analyzing a Binary File and File Partitions for Forensic Evidence James Butler GCFA
Analysis of a Honeypot running Red Hat Linux 6.2 Keven Murphy GCFA
Discovery Of A Rootkit: A simple scan leads to a complex solution John Melvin GCFA
GIAC GREM Assignment - Pass Lorna Hutcheson GREM
Forensic Analysis of a Windows 2000 server with IIS and Oracle Beth Binde GCFA
Reverse Engineering msrll.exe Rick Wanner GREM
Forensic Validity of Netcat Michael Worman GCFA
CC Terminals Harassment Case Dean Farrington GCFA
Forensic analysis of a compromised Linux RedHat 7.3 system Kevin Miller GCFA
Building an Automated Behavioral Malware Analysis Environment using Open Source Software Jim Clausing GREM
Validation of Process Accounting Records Jim Clausing GCFA
Forensic analysis of a Windows 98 system Jerry Shenk GCFA