Memory acquisition

Traditional digital forensics or what is often referred to now as dead box forensics has focused on the hard disk drive taken from a shut down system as the primary source of evidence. This approach works well when addressing criminal activity such as fraud or child exploitation where image files, word processing documents, and spreadsheets can be discovered in a forensically sound manner. The issue with this approach is that to properly acquire this evidence, the system has to be powered off, thereby destroying any potential evidence found within the volatile memory.

As opposed to traditional criminal activity, incident responders will find that a great deal of evidence of a security incident is contained within the memory ...

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