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FOR572: Always Updating, Never at Rest

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT (2020-03-24 19:30:00 UTC)
  • Philip Hagen

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FOR572, Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis, has recently been updated to reflect the latest investigative tools, techniques, and procedures available. In this webcast, Phil Hagen, the lead author of FOR572, will discuss the latest additions to the course. The latest lab advancements include a new lab to perform DNS profiling and anomaly detection from over 600,000 DNS log records, and TLS client profiling from over 200,000 records. These realistic datasets will give you the tools and workflows to address those collected in real-world environments. Other lab updates include new versions of the SIFT, SOF-ELK(R), and Moloch platforms, and an all-new electronic workbook embedded in the SIFT VM itself. In all, the class has 14 hands-on labs and an all-day comprehensive, team-based capstone investigation covering nearly half of the class.

Newly explored topics in the course include tool-independent means of distinguishing a conversation between systems, identifying Unicode (and Emoji!) encoding in domain names, parsing JSON logs from Zeek and other platforms using the "jq" utility, and more.

Please join us for this look into the new version of FOR572, which will be at all scheduled course events!

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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