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NEW SANS DFIR Cheat Sheet: A Guide to Eric Zimmerman's command line tools

  • Friday, April 07, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT (2017-04-07 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Eric Zimmerman

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SANS Instructor and Former FBI Agent Eric Zimmerman has provided several open source command line tools free to the DFIR Community. These open source tools can be used in a wide variety of investigations including cross validation of tools, providing insight into technical details not exposed by other tools, and more. Eric's first Cheat Sheet contains usage for tools for lnk files, jump lists, prefetch, and other artifacts related to evidence of execution. This suite of tools allows for displaying relevant forensic data including exporting data to many commonly used formats. Join Eric as he walks you through his new Cheat Sheet to help you maximize the capabilities of his tools. Be one of the first to download this new SANS resource and take advantage of it in your investigations.

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Speaker Bio

Eric Zimmerman

Eric Zimmerman is a senior director in Kroll's Cyber Security and Investigations practice. Eric has a tremendous depth and breadth of expertise in the cyber realm, spanning complex law enforcement investigations, computer forensics, expert witness testimony, computer systems design and application architecture. He has received numerous recognitions for his work, is an award-winning author and is a frequently sought-after instructor and presenter on cyber-related topics.

Before joining Kroll, Eric was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), specializing in investigating criminal and national security-related computer intrusions, crimes against children (production, distribution and possession of child pornography), intellectual property theft and related crimes.

During his tenure with the FBI, Eric wrote over 50 programs that include forensic utilities and response tools that today are in use by nearly 8,800 law enforcement officers in 82 countries. Among the programs that Eric developed are technical tools that enable law enforcement officers combat the online sexual exploitation of children; in one year alone, these tools led to the rescue of at least 200 children. The FBI and many international law enforcement agencies have adopted Eric's tools as mandatory protocol for certain investigations.

In May 2012, Eric's contributions were recognized with a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Award, which honors outstanding law enforcement professionals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty in safely recovering a missing child or successfully resolving a complex child sexual exploitation investigation. Eric was also presented with the U.S. Attorney Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2013.

Over the course of his career, Eric has led or participated in a wide range of cyber-focused classes, seminars and conferences. He is a two-time winner of the SANS DFIR NetWars Tournament (2015, 2014). In addition to his many speaking engagements, Eric is the co-author of 'X-Ways Forensics Practitioner's Guide,' which was a Forensic 4Cast 2014 Digital Forensics Book of the Year winner.

Before joining the FBI, Eric was a systems administrator for Menlo Logistics, a global supply chain company whose core business offerings include third-party logistics and supply chain management.

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