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Digital Forensic Tool Capability

Written by Stephanie Brennadiva and Bryan Cusack

Digital Forensic Tool Capability

Digital forensic tools are trusted to deliver complete data sets for evidential purposes but testing shows variations that impact consistency and scope. Tool

manufacturers constantly bring out updates, patches, and new versions of tools to improve performance. Competition between vendors accelerates tool capability and a comparison of tools over a ten-year period shows innovation and capability growth. In our research we took two industry standard tools and applied them to evidence extraction in the emergent area of social networking forensics. The results showed variation between the tools and also capability limitations. One of the vital elements that digital forensics investigators needed in order to perform an effective forensics investigation is have knowledge of the right tool for each context and case. 

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