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Interview with Brian Carrier, author of “File System Forensic Analysis"

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 (05:02:20)
Brian Carrier specializes in digital forensics and is the writer and maintainer of The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy, which are open source forensics tools. In this interview with IT-Observer he discusses digital forensics topics as well as his book...

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Approaches, Trends and the Real Market Definition for Log Management

Monday, April 18, 2005 (12:40:48)
SANS will present the following webcast on Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00 PM EDT (2000 UTC)

Featuring: Stephen Northcutt and Dominique Levin Sponsored by: LogLogic

Stephen Northcutt will share his analysis of the growing importance of proper log management, including real-world issues facing the IT community around best practices of log management, traditional approaches vs. new high-performance commercial solutions and the capturing of all log data messages including informational-levels. Northcutt will also address log management as a separate market, identify and define the market size, market segmentation, market drivers, as well as differentiate Log Management from other markets such as Network Performance and Availability Management or Security Management.

https://www.sans.org/webcasts/show.php?webcastid=90585

Cyber Forsensics…Still a Way to Go

Monday, April 18, 2005 (12:20:14)
Purdue’s Spafford is worried about the ad hoc nature of cyber forensics today. "I am concerned that we develop a more scientific and rigorous approach so that we may have confidence in the results,” he stressed. "It is unfortunate if we are unable to prosecute a criminal because we are unsure of our analysis; it is a greater tragedy if we wrongly accuse an innocent person of malfeasance because we have not appropriately gathered and analyzed the evidence.”

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5th Annual Digital Forensics Research Workshop

Sunday, April 17, 2005 (18:23:57)
The 5th Annual Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS 2005) has been added to the events page.

New forum for those looking to get started in computer forensics

Saturday, April 16, 2005 (18:49:46)
A new forum for those looking for advice on how to get started in the computer forensics industry has been created and can be found here.

Will members please make sure that this forum is the only one used for enquiries of this nature, thank you.

Detectives Tainted Hard Drive, Expert Claims

Friday, April 15, 2005 (05:44:52)
BENTONVILLE, USA -- Evidence on the hard drive of a murdered man's computer was damaged after police seized the machine, a computer forensics expert testified Thursday. After Howard was murdered in September 1999, police used information from his hard drive to discover whom he spoke to and where he went the last days of his life. Tim Hanners, the manager of computer investigation for Vogon International, a private company in Norman, Okla., providing data recovery services, testified late Thursday about the tainted data...

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New Paper: Is There a Need for Industry Control?

Thursday, April 14, 2005 (13:02:55)
A very thought provoking article from Nick Furneaux of CSITech entitled "Is There a Need for Industry Control?" has been added to our Papers & Articles page and can also be viewed directly here.

UK Police forced to turn away e-crime victims

Thursday, April 14, 2005 (08:33:17)
UK Police are having to turn down requests to investigate computer crime from businesses due to a lack of resources, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit said last week. Mick Deats, deputy head of the unit, said the complex, time-consuming nature of investigations meant the unit could not investigate every case reported. Deats, responding to demands from business groups for greater funding for high-tech crime, as reported in last week's Computer Weekly, said more resources were needed...

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Ibas buys computer forensics rival Vogon

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 (05:40:37)
Data recovery and computer forensics firm Ibas announced plans Monday to buy its main European competitor, UK-based Vogon International. The deal is based on an "earn-out" model, which specifies a minimum price of £4m ($7.5m) and a maximum of £9m ($17m). Vogon will continue as a separate firm until the end of the year, with the integration with Norway-based Ibas kicking off on 1 January 2006. Vogon is privately-owned, and all the shareholders in the UK company have accepted the deal. The acquisition is conditional on a financial due diligence report...

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The two-edged sword: Legal computer forensics and open source

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (05:19:27)
Ryan Purita of Totally Connected Security is one of the leading computer forensic experts in private practice in Canada. A GNU/Linux enthusiast, Purita often prefers open source tools. However, he frequently uses proprietary ones as well. The proprietary tools, he explains, are "pretty," with better developed GUIs that are easier for clients to understand. Moreover, the precedence for accepting their evidence in court is well established although, increasingly, their open source equivalents are not far behind...

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