Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thought of the Day

Don't be dependent upon tools; rather, focus on the goals of your exam, and let those guide you.

When starting an exam, what is the first question that comes to mind? If it's " where did I leave my dongle?", then maybe that's the wrong question. I'm a pretty big proponent for timeline creation and analysis, but I don't always start an exam by locating every data source and adding it to a timeline...because that just doesn't make sense.

For example, if I'm facing a question of the Trojan Defense, I may not even create a timeline...because for the most part, we already know that the system contains contraband images, and we may already know, or not be concerned with, how they actually got there. If the real question is whether or not the user was aware that the images were there, I'll pursue other avenues first.

Don't let your tools guide you. Don't try to fit your exam to whichever tool you have available or were trained in. You should be working on a copy of the data, so you're not going to destroy the original, and the data will be there. Focus on the goals of your exam and let those guide your analysis.

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