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FOR572 Network Forensics Preview: IT'S ALIVE!!! Investigating with Network-based Evidence

  • Friday, November 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST (2013-11-15 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Philip Hagen

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Today's digital forensic investigations and incident response activities increasingly include a network-based component. But even seasoned disk- and memory-based analysts must consider how this new domain differs from traditional forensic work. This webcast comes straight from "FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis" material. We'll cover the challenges and opportunities common network architectures can provide and how to extract as much value as possible from them. We'll also discuss how a proactive approach can aid in the response to incidents that have not yet occurred... or not yet been discovered. Finally, we will cover how to address the unique operational security (OPSEC) requirements inherent in network-based analysis. Incorrect handling of network evidence or analysis activities could cause the attacker to stay fully aware of your investigation's progress, ensuring they remain one step ahead of the good guys. The upcoming FOR572 course will give you a comprehensive foundation on which to build a network forensics capability - this webcast will get you started.

Speaker Bio

Philip Hagen

Phil Hagen is the course lead and author of FOR572, Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis, a course that provides a hands-on curriculum on the skills necessary to perform investigations of network-based incidents, where the hard drives or memory of compromised systems are often missing. He is also a DFIR Strategist at Red Canary. Phil started his career as part of a specialization within the computer science department at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he focused on network security and was an inaugural member of the computer security extracurricular group. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a communications officer at Beale AFB and the Pentagon, and then in 2003 Phil moved over to a position with a government contractor, providing technical services for various IT and information security projects. Now 18 years later, Phil's work has spanned the full life cycle of attacks--tool development, deployment, operational and investigative aftermath--giving him a rare opportunity to provide deep insight into the artifacts left behind. Phil has covered deep technical tasks, management of an entire computer forensic services portfolio and executive responsibilities. He's supported systems that demanded 24x7x365 functionality, managed a team of 85 computer forensic professionals in the national security sector, and provided forensic consulting services for law enforcement, government, and commercial clients. Phil also spends time developing and maintaining the SOF-ELK distribution. SOF-ELK is a virtual appliance that is pre-configured with the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana), and it is provided as a free tool to help the DFIR Community boost case efficiency and effectiveness. Phil is a mentor and teacher at heart, one of his biggest source of professional pride.

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