While perfectly at home in the Windows and Mac forensics world, Hal is a recognized expert in the analysis of Linux and Unix systems, and has made key contributions in this domain. His EXT3 file recovery tools are used by investigators worldwide. His research on EXT4 file system forensics provided a basis for the development of open source forensic support for this file system. Hal has also contributed a popular tool for automating Linux memory acquisition and analysis. But Hal is fundamentally a practitioner, and that's what drives his research. His EXT3 file recovery tools were the direct result of an investigation, recovering data that led to multiple indictments and successful prosecutions.
Raised in the Open Source tradition, Hal shares his most productive tools and techniques with the community via his GitHub and blogging activity. And nobody can show you how to forensicate with Open Source tools like Hal!
Hal is a SANS faculty fellow and he teaches Advanced Digital Forensics, Incident Response, and Threat Hunting (FOR508), Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis (FOR572), Mac Forensics Analysis (FOR518), and Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques (FOR610). Hal holds the GIAC certification for the following courses: GCUX, GCFA, GNFA, and GREM.
Hal is a regular contributor to the SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response blog and co-author of the Command Line Kung Fu blog. He's a former board member for USENIX, BayLISA and BackBayLISA; former technical editor for Sys Admin Magazine; and a respected author and highly rated instructor at industry gatherings worldwide. Hal is also a faculty member of the SANS Technology Institute, an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and multiple winner of the National Cyber League competition. Hal is an avid baseball fan, so in the summer you'll usually find him at his local minor league ballpark or catching up on major league games. He enjoys travel, theatre, and food (both cooking and eating), but his first priority is keeping up with the interests of his kids: Disney, gymnastics, Legos, and video games.
Get to Know Hal
- Over 25 years of industry experience
- Founder and Principal Consultant for Deer Run Associates
- GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Network Forensic Analyst (GFNA), Malware Analyst (GREM), and Unix Administrator (GCUX)
- SANS Faculty Fellow and SANS' longest tenured instructor
- Hal is a contributor to the SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response blog
Learn more about Hal Pomeranz in this DFIR Hero interview on the SANS DFIR Blog.
View this SANS DFIR Summit presentation by Hal: