A Forensic Image Description Language for Generating Test Images

Russell, G., Macfarlane, R., Ludwiniak, R. (2012). A Forensic Image Description Language for Generating Test Images. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). Canterbury: . .

ISBN: 978-1-899253-94-4


Digital Forensics is a fast developing job market, as well as being topical and interesting, and as such is an area in which University students are keen to develop and study. At Edinburgh Napier University this topic has been taught with flexible and distance learning students in mind, and to promote accessibility the practical exercises have been formed around the use of cloud-based technologies. This approach has highlighted a key issue, in that cost-effective cloud-based resources struggle to provide adequate CPU and IO capabilities to drive large simultaneous student numbers when performing forensic exercises on disk images created using physical disk acquisition techniques obtained from real systems. This paper considers the issue, and proposes a simplistic and easily reconfigurable image creation technique specifically designed to support digital forensic practical sessions.
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Robert Ludwiniak
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Gordon Russell
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Richard Macfarlane
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Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.

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