Introduction to Forensics

Linux, Security
Location: Ballroom A7
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)

In this talk Kyle Rankin will provide an introduction to performing forensics analysis on Linux machines using the popular Sleuthkit tools with their easy-to-use Autopsy web-based front-end. The talk will cover initial installation and configuration of Sleuthkit and Autopsy, basic concepts and considerations for a forensics investigation, and at the end there will be a demo with a real, compromised Linux image.

Kyle Rankin

QuinStreet, Inc.

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet Inc.; the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group; the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks; and a contributer to a number of other O’Reilly books. Rankin is a columnist for Linux Journal, has written for PC Magazine, TechTarget websites and other publications. He speaks frequently on Open Source software including at OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon. and a number of Linux Users’ Groups.

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Akkana Peck
07/24/2009 9:05am PDT

Very well organized and presented, interesting and full of useful information.

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Mark J. Levitt
07/24/2009 5:05am PDT

@Nikola, it looks like Kyle has posted them here:

Nikola Vassilev
07/23/2009 6:33pm PDT

Is it possible to have the slides posted here please? Thanks!

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Chris Sontag
07/23/2009 9:59am PDT

This was fascinating. The speaker is engaging and clearly well informed. This, BY FAR, was one of the top 3 sessions of OSCON09.

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