There are a number of software tools on the commercial and freeware market today. The digital forensics laboratory should have access to several tools to perform similar functions. At a minimum, the lab should have software that can perform imaging of evidence drives, examine images, analyze memory captures, and report findings.

There are several different types of forensic software that a digital forensic analyst can utilize. The first of these are forensic applications. These applications are purpose designed to perform a variety of digital forensic tasks. They are often commercially available and are in wide use in the law enforcement and government communities as well as private industry. The following three forensic applications ...

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