Blog Series: Using F-Response In Enterprise Investigations

This month, Jamie McQuaid, a Forensics Consultant at Magnet Forensics, looked at how F-Response and Magnet AXIOM can be used together to recover data remotely in enterprise investigations.

In this three-part series, Jamie discusses how to establish a read-only, secure connection to a remote host allowing examiners to acquire or analyze physical disks and volatile data. The series uses Magnet AXIOM as an example of a tools that can be used to recover and examine the data, but as F-Response is tool-agnostic, any tool could conceivably be used.In the first post, Jamie walks through set up and acquisition methods using F-Response Enterprise to connect to a remote machine and analyze the contents. (Read the full post here: Using F-Response and Magnet AXIOM to Conduct Enterprise Investigations.)

In the second post, Using F-Response and Magnet AXIOM: Use Case 1 – Targeted Acquisition, Jamie discusses a specific use case. He says the bottleneck for a proper investigation on a remote host is the network – especially to retrieve a full physical disk image. Luckily, that’s not usually necessary – a targeted acquisition will help save time in acquisition and analysis.

In the third blog post, Jamie walks through another option for recovery and analysis that can save examiners time – previewing without retrieving artifacts. This method has minimal impact to the system or the user and can be facilitated using F-Response and AXIOM together. Read more here: Using F-Response and Magnet AXIOM: Use Case 2 – Preview No Artifacts.

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Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts.

The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

00:00 – Introduction to Alan Platt
07:00 – Training
12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director
43:45 – Privacy of user data

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