Turbinia: Automation Of Forensic Processing In The Cloud

Thomas Chopitea and Aaron Peterson discuss their research at DFRWS US 2018.

Thomas: It’s our first time presenting here at DFRWS. It’s also my first time and Aaron’s first time attending. So, we’re pretty excited to be here. I’m Tom, this is Aaron. We both work at Google. We do forensics and incident response. So, this basically means that we write a lot of code, because we’re lazy and we like to do things automatically. Aaron is the core developer for [Turbinia], I’m one of the core developers of [dfTimewolf], which we will introduce in a minute.

We’re in this sweet position where we can write a lot of code and also use the same code that we write in our daily incidents. So, that’s pretty cool, because we don’t have to follow feature requests [… well, we do … between] both of us. But most of the time, we can get … since we’re in the same team, we can get things solved pretty fast. And we really know what to expect and what we want our tools to do. So, that’s pretty cool.


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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.

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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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