Boston 2013

Boston, MA | Mon, Aug 5 - Sat, Aug 10, 2013

Cloud IR & Forensics

  • Paul A. Henry
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm

The move to private and public cloud changes many things including how we respond for IR and forensics. As an example: traditionally in a physical realm we relied upon imaging a server's hard drive as well as RAM to perform a thorough analysis. Today in the cloud, creating a forensically sound image of an "instance" of a server to capture the server's abstracted hard disk and an image of its RAM brings new technical and legal complications. An additional issue to consider is that some vendor's platforms are simply not fully supported by our current IR & forensics tools; today's commercial tools lack the ability to perform any analysis at all on a VMware VMFS file system. Lastly, downloading a large server image may simply be cost prohibitive due to the high bandwidth costs associated with moving data out of the cloud environment.

The best course of action may be to perform your analysis within the cloud - however, the methods used in the analysis within the cloud must be forensically sound and as always in computer forensics, they must be repeatable and the result must be the same findings. In this session we will begin to explore the changes that simply must be made to your IR and forensics procedures to properly address IR & forensics in the cloud.

Bonus Sessions

The following bonus sessions are open to all paid attendees at no additional cost. There are many different types of events that fall into these categories:

  • SANS@Night: Evening presentations given after day courses have ended. This category includes Keynotes.
  • Special Events: SANS-hosted events and other non-technical recreational offerings. This category includes, but is not limited to, Receptions and Information Tables.
  • Vendor: Events hosted by external vendor exhibitors.
  • Lunch & Learn: Short presentations given during the lunch break.
Monday, August 5
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Dr. Eric Cole Monday, August 5th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
Delivering Situational Awareness - Putting the Critical Security Controls to Work Brian Mehlman , Senior Director of Product Management, EiQ Networks Monday, August 5th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
APT: It is Time to Act Dr. Eric Cole Monday, August 5th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, August 6
Session Speaker Time Type
Vendor Showcase Tuesday, August 6th, 10:30am - 10:50am Vendor Event
Free the User | Contain the Threat PJ Bihuniak, Director of Sales, Invincea Tuesday, August 6th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Vendor Showcase Tuesday, August 6th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Vendor Event
Vendor Showcase Tuesday, August 6th, 3:00pm - 3:20pm Vendor Event
GIAC Program Overview Jeff Frisk Tuesday, August 6th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm Special Events
Certifiably Certifiable Seth Misenar Tuesday, August 6th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, August 7
Session Speaker Time Type
Cloud IR & Forensics Paul A. Henry Wednesday, August 7th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Understanding Media's Impact on Our Organization Richard Porter Wednesday, August 7th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Thursday, August 8
Session Speaker Time Type
SANS Technology Institute Open House Stephen Northcutt Thursday, August 8th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm Special Events
An Introduction to PowerShell for Security Assessments James Tarala Thursday, August 8th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
You Can Panic Now. Host Protection is (Mostly) Dead Rob Lee Thursday, August 8th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night