Welcome to Year 2

Sunday, August 12, 2012 Posted by Corey Harrell
This past week I was vacationing with my family when my blog surpassed another milestone. It has been around for two years and counting. Around my blog’s anniversary I like to reflect back on the previous year and look ahead at the upcoming one. Last year I set out to write about various topics including: investigating security incidents, attack vector artifacts, and my methodology. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise then when you look at the topics in my most read posts from the past year:

1. Dual Purpose Volatile Data Collection Script
2. Finding the Initial Infection Vector
3. Ripping Volume Shadow Copies – Introduction
4. Malware Root Cause Analysis
5. More About Volume Shadow Copies
6. Ripping VSCs – Practitioner Method

Looking at the upcoming year there’s a professional change impacting a topic I’ve been discussing lately. I’m not talking about a job change but an additional responsibility in my current position. My casework will now include a steady dose of malware cases. I’ve been hunting malware for the past few years so now I get to do it on a regular basis as part of my day job. I won’t directly discuss any cases (malware, fraud, or anything else) that I do for my employer. However, I plan to share the techniques, tools, or processes I use. Malware is going to continue to be a topic I frequently discuss from multiple angles in the upcoming year.

Besides malware and any other InfoSec or DFIR topics that have my interest, there are a few research projects on my to-do list. First and foremost is to complete my finding fraudulent documents whitepaper and scripts. The second project is to expand on my current research about the impact virtual desktop infrastructure will have on digital forensics. There are a couple of other projects I’m working on and in time I’ll mention what those are. Just a heads up, at times I’m going to be focusing on these projects so expect some time periods when there isn’t much activity with the blog. As usual, my research will be shared either through my blog or another freely available resource to the DFIR community.

Again, thanks to everyone who links back to my blog and/or publicly discusses any of my write-ups. Each time I come across someone who says that something I wrote helped them in some way makes all the time and work I do for the blog worth the effort. Without people forwarding along my posts then people may not be aware about information that could help them. For this I’m truly grateful. I couldn’t end a reflection post without thanking all the readers who stop by jIIr. Thank you and you won’t be disappointed with what I’m gearing up to release over the next year.
  1. Looking forward to much more great reading, my friend...

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