Digital forensics or digital forensics performed after a security incident or data breach has the goal of proving what happened during an incident or breach; and to further understand the scope, severity, and nature of the attack. While the goal of incident response is to stop the damage, digital forensic investigations identify the entire attack chain of events.
Often overlooked, digital forensic investigations often yield evidence that not only may identify the attacker and malware, but also provide insights that security teams need to bolster their defense tactics and overall security posture.
Dwell time on the vast majority of attacks is between 150 and 300 days and fortunately computers retain much of the potential evidence related to an attack. Collecting data and artifacts to produce a timeline of events is critical to uncovering the information including type of attack, malware type and malware behavior, as well as where the attack came from and what damage occurred.
Step one is stopping the attack with a viable incident response plan, CIRT team, and trusted IR partners. Step two is investigating the attack to identify the perpetrators, limit additional damage, and fortify security defense.
SecureOps partners with organizations to provide digital forensic analysis after a security incident. We are uniquely positioned to provide digital forensic experts trained in handling, analyzing, and delivering a comprehensive chronicle of the attack on-demand.
Digital forensics requires a unique skill set and tools that are not readily available to organizations and digital evidence collection is often time sensitive as attackers look to cover their footsteps and system memory is easily lost. Relying on digital forensic experts to augment and enhance incident response capabilities is a cost-effective way to limit breach damage, provide valuable evidence, and prevent future attacks.
We all understand that the number of successful attacks is increasing at an alarming pace and incident response has become critical to identifying and stopping the damage as quickly as possible. Incident response forensics or digital forensics has become equally critical to understanding the attack, limiting further damage and applying investigative insights.