Friday, July 29, 2011

Cheat Sheets

Mark Morgan has a couple of intrusion discovery cheat sheets over on his blog. He has one for Windows XP Pro, Server 2003 and Vista, along with a separate one for investigating Linux machines. I really appreciate him taking the time to do these and make them available. I always enjoy seeing how people approach their investigations and adapting their methods to my work when possible. Lenny Zeltser also has some great Information Security cheat sheets over on his site.

My good buddy Joe Garcia has a review of Windows Registry Forensics over on the CyberCrime 101 blog. Nice job Joe!

I've been beta testing a new tool called Registry Decoder for Windows Registry parsing and searching. Registry Decoder is being developed by Andrew Case and Vico Marziale over at Digital Forensics Solutions. It's plugin based and has a nice search function as well. It's still in early beta stage and not ready for prime time, but I can definitely see it will be a fine addition to my forensic toolbox.

I've been spending a lot of my off time studying for the Network+ exam and hope to take it in the near future. I've also taken the time lately to set up a couple of Untangle firewall/router machines, one at home and another for my employer. I'll be talking more about all of that later.

That's it for now. Everyone stay safe!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Upcoming Class

I've seen posts by several people as of late talking about digital forensic classes they'll be teaching in which they plan to use Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools for the text book.  I mentioned in my review that I thought it would be a good book for introductory digital forensics courses and it seems others felt the same way. I'm happy to say that I'll be teaching a brand new DF course starting in the Spring, 2012 semester at Lincoln Trail College and I'm planning to use DFwOST as my text book as well. When I was first asked to teach this course, I started trying to decide on a good book that beginners and those with some experience would benefit from that I felt would cover all the topics I wanted covered. DFwOST is definitely that book.

On a related note, I'll be teaching Computer Ethics at LTC beginning in the Fall, 2011 semester. This course is required if the student is pursuing the Computer Forensics certificate. I'll be using Ethics for the Information Age by Michael J. Quinn as the text book. I've only had a short time to look at the book, but it looks like it's going to cover the topic very well.

I'm very excited to be teaching for the very first time and hope I will do a good job at it. I've never taught before and was pretty surprised when I was contacted by the college.