Digital Forensic Tools: The Next Generation

Digital Forensic Tools: The Next Generation

III Richard (University of New Orleans, USA) and Vassil Roussev (University of New Orleans, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-872-7.ch004
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Abstract

Digital forensics investigators have access to a wide variety of tools, both commercial and open source, which assist in the preservation and analysis of digital evidence. Unfortunately, most current digital forensics tools fall short in several ways. First, they are unable to cope with the ever-increasing storage capacity of target devices. As capacities grow into hundreds of gigabytes or terabytes, the traditional approach of utilizing a single workstation to perform a digital forensics investigation against a single evidence source, such as a hard drive, will become completely intractable. Further, huge targets will require more sophisticated analysis techniques, such as automated categorization of images. We believe that the next generation of digital forensics tools will employ high-performance computing, more sophisticated evidence discovery and analysis techniques, and better collaborative functions to allow digital forensics investigators to perform investigations much more efficiently than they do today. This chapter examines the next generation of digital forensics tools.

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