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Forensics For System Administrators

  • Author(s): Peisert, Sean
  • et al.
Abstract

The word forensic analysis conjures up images of Sherlock Holmes, or scientists adorned with lab-coats, hunched over corpses. But in this article, I will lead you through steps that you can take to analyse compromised computer systems. While forensics carries with it legal connotations, requirements for evidence collection, and analysis at a level unattainable by most system administrators, my focus is what you can do without years of experience. In this article, we will walk through a pair of real, recent intrusion examples to help assist non-professional analysts with accomplishing common forensic goals.

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