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What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying personally

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What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying personally

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:38 pm

I recently just passed my GCFA and was curious as to what software is good for analyzing data/memory, indexing files in allocated and unallocated space?

I realize everyone is going to say FTK or Encase but keep in mind, I am buying this with my own proceeds not the companys so what software program can you recommend?

I currently use Helix Pro & FTK Imager for obtaining images.

Any advice or insight would be great.  

reedsie
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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying person

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:45 pm

The best is the best, you can't be on a budget for software. For the most part every examiner has a copy of Encase and FTK in their toolbox, it would be good of you to get both.

Someone is having a sale on FTK in the for sale section. 2 copies for 3k, that is a steal.
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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying person

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:16 pm

I would love to if I had the money to do so....

Any other suggestions?  

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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying person

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:14 pm

I recommend you investigate the tools listed on the Open Source Digital Forensics web site. Also, "the Autopsy Forensic Browser is a graphical interface to the command line digital investigation analysis tools in The Sleuth Kit." (Brian Carrier)  

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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying person

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:40 pm

Thanks I have used this and I am looking for commercial software to use.

How about Xray forensics? Winhex to be exact.

Thanks  

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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying personally

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:53 pm

Greetings,

X-Ways is the best value for the dollar if you're technically inclined. It is designed for knowledgeable analysts and the learning curve is a bit steep. Once you get up that curve, it is a very powerful, reliable, tool.

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Re: What Forensic Software do you recommend if buying personally

Post Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:16 pm

there's no need to purchase any software. There are enough free/open source solutions that a knowledgeable analyst could do everything that could be done with the commercial tools, and even more, using just what's freely available.

It's not about the tool...and analyst who's a "tool" will make a mess of a case regardless of whether they're using FTK or EnCase or anything else. There are plenty of free and open source solutions out there that a knowledgeable analyst can use to great effect.

I'm putting together an internal training package, and part of it includes analyzing an image. I'm doing the analysis, as well...oddly enough, I don't have any commercial tools at my disposal, but I'm already mostly completed with analysis AND reporting.  

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