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Scar de Courcier is an assistant editor at Forensic Focus.
scar has written 120 posts for Forensic Focus – Articles

Findings From The Forensic Focus 2018 Survey

Earlier this year, Forensic Focus conducted a survey of its members to find out a bit more about them, their roles in the industry, and common challenges facing digital forensic practitioners today. Below is a brief run-down of the results. First of all, some demographic details. The majority of our members are situated in either … Continue reading

ICDF2C 2018 – Recap

This article is a recap of some of the main highlights from the ICDF2C conference 2018, which took place in New Orleans, LA, USA from the 10th-12th September. The program began on Monday 10th September with the usual welcome registration. The conference was held at Chateau LeMoyne in New Orleans’ French Quarter: a beautiful hotel complete … Continue reading

Walkthrough: Oxygen Forensic Detective Latest Features

Within Oxygen, you’re able to not only connect one device, but several devices, and image them simultaneously. Oxygen’s extractor runs independently of Oxygen Detective, and that’s what allows you to run several different extractions at the same time, and there is no limit other than what the machine you were using will allow. So again, … Continue reading

Opinion: Is ISO17025 The Right Standard For Digital Forensics?

by Rich2005 Standardisation is currently the subject of animated discussion among digital forensic examiners worldwide. In this opinion piece, Rich2005 looks at the challenges of the ISO17025 standard for digital forensics and why it might not be the best choice for the field. Please note that the views contained within this article are the opinions … Continue reading

Walkthrough: Analyze DI Face Detection Recognition

Let’s check out the new features of the Face Detection within Griffeye Analyze DI. Make sure in the Analyze Forensic Market you have the Face and Video utility pack both activated before you create your case. Once you do so, we can go ahead and create a new case, and bring in our data. I’m … Continue reading

Word Forensic Analysis And Compound File Binary Format

by Arman Gungor Microsoft Word forensic analysis is something digital forensic investigators do quite often for document authentication. Because of the great popularity of Microsoft Office, many important business documents such as contracts and memoranda are created using Word. When things go south, some of these documents become key evidence and subject to forensic authentication. My goal … Continue reading

Database of Software “Fingerprints” Expands to Include Computer Games

by Richard Press, NIST One of the largest software libraries in the world just grew larger. The National Software Reference Library (NSRL), which archives copies of the world’s most widely installed software titles, has expanded to include computer game software from three popular PC gaming distribution platforms—Steam, Origin and Blizzard. The NSRL, which is maintained by … Continue reading

ICDF2C 2018 – New Orleans September 10-12

From the 10th to the 12th of September 2018, Forensic Focus will be attending ICDF2C in New Orleans.Below is an overview of the subjects and speakers that will be featured at the conference. If there are any topics you’d particularly like us to cover, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us … Continue reading

Drone Forensics Gets A Boost With New Data On NIST Website

by Richard Press, NIST Aerial drones might someday deliver online purchases to your home. But in some prisons, drone delivery is already a thing. Drones have been spotted flying drugs, cell phones and other contraband over prison walls, and in several cases, drug traffickers have used drones to ferry narcotics across the border. If those … Continue reading

Have Your Say In The House Of Lords’ Select Committee On Science And Technology

Controversy has been raging around ISO 17025 ever since the standard was adopted for digital forensics back in October 2017. Although many people who work in the industry agree that standardisation is advisable and probably necessary if we are to keep moving forward, there have been many criticisms of ISO 17025 and its effectiveness when … Continue reading

Reducing The Mental Stress Of Investigators

by Eric Oldenburg, Griffeye  We recently met up with Eric Oldenburg, Griffeye’s new Law Enforcement Liasion in North America, and heard about his new role. Here, he explains how reducing mental stress for investigators is a driving force for him, one that led him to work for Griffeye, and why the mental health of investigators is … Continue reading

Giving Back In DFIR

by Jessica Hyde, Magnet Forensics A few months back I was on my way to BSides NoVa, having a conversation with someone competing in the CTF about where his team would donate the prize money to if they won. I suggested some organizations related to helping young people learn about Information Security. A few hours later, … Continue reading

Techno Security & Digital Forensics 2018 – San Antonio September 17-19

From the 17th to the 19th of September 2018, Forensic Focus will be attending the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference in San Antonio, Texas, USA. If there are any topics you’d particularly like us to cover, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments. Below is an overview of … Continue reading

Using IMAP Internal Date for Forensic Email Authentication

by Arman Gungor Internal Date is an IMAP Message Attribute that indicates the internal date and time of a message on an IMAP server. This is a different timestamp than the Origination Date field found in the message header and can be instrumental in authenticating email messages on an IMAP server. Let’s start with an example. The perpetrator … Continue reading

Electromagnetic Side-Channel A‚ttacks: Potential For Progressing Hindered Digital Forensic Analysis

by Asanka Sayakkara, Nhien-An Le-Khac & Mark Scanlon Abstract Digital forensics is a fast-growing €field involving the discovery and analysis of digital evidence acquired from electronic devices to assist investigations for law enforcement. Traditional digital forensic investigative approaches are o‰ften hampered by the data contained on these devices being encrypted. Furthermore, the increasing use of IoT devices with … Continue reading

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