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Dumping in the Dark: Gaining Insight into your Memory Acquisition Tools and Techniques

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT (2013-10-24 17:00:00 UTC)
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Digital forensic and incident response professionals unanimously agree on the vital importance of physical memory acquisition and analysis in investigations, whether they center around the reconstruction of user activity or the isolation of malicious code. Most computer incident response teams have preferred tools for such acquisition that are part of their standard operating procedures invoked during live response or evidence acquisition. We all use these tools, but how many of us can describe how they work? This webcast will take a deeper look at the differences found in those memory image files tied directly to the specific tools and techniques used in the acquisition process. Does every tool acquire physical memory utilizing the same technique - and which technique provides a more accurate view of current system state? Are there evidential consequences in acquiring memory remotely versus locally? Alissa will present tips for optimal acquisition and a checklist useful in determining what acquisition techniques to use when.

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