A Review of Forensic Computer Science
David Baker - MITRE
Mar 20, 2002
AbstractThis was a review to identify the various work programs using forensic computer science and related tasks being supported by the MITRE Corporation, examine the minimum standards for such work, and identify areas for future research and development. Defining minimum standards was complicated as a result of different agencies having different requirements both in investigative purview and legal sufficiency. It was still important to identify the most common tasks, what tools or techniques were utilized, and attempt to determine the best practices for such analysis. Additionally, it was important to identify areas where there were inadequate guidelines, standards or tools, so that future research efforts can work towards their development. For the purposes of this project, forensic computer science examinations were divided into three categories: media analysis; code analysis; and network traffic analysis. Many other types of analysis could be identified, however many of the other types could be considered combinations of these three primary types.
The result of the investigation resulted in the identification of minimum standards for conducting each type of analysis, as well as identifying shortfalls in tools and procedures for conducting such analysis. Additionally, a substantial collection of reference material including information on file types, some basic analysis checklists for conducting media analysis, and a listing/inventory of tools used for forensic analysis was compiled.
About the SpeakerDavid Baker is a Lead Information Security (INFOSEC) Engineer at MITRE. He joined the MITRE team in 1998 as a Senior INFOSEC Engineer. Before MITRE, he was a Special Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. His current research interests include Forensic Computer Science Best Practices and Methodologies, Computer Vulnerability and Data Mining for Intrusion Detection. Mr. Baker holds a Master of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York
The views, opinions and assumptions expressed in these videos are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CERIAS or Purdue University. All content included in these videos, are the property of Purdue University, the presenter and/or the presenter’s organization, and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The collection, arrangement and assembly of all content in these videos and on the hosting website exclusive property of Purdue University. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any other way exploit any part of copyrighted material without permission from CERIAS, Purdue University.