The field of forensics has evolved in amazing ways with the advancement of technology. Forensic investigations can now be performed with the aid of computer programs that offer the latest in memory storage, file system organization, report creation, and data recovery. Below are some of the best computer forensic tools available on the market right now.
A vital aspect of forensic science is the retrieval or recovery of digital data from electronic devices. Suspects will regularly attempt to hide or delete digital evidence of their crimes, so those who work in the forensics unit of state and federal law enforcement must be able to recover deleted data or find encrypted data that can be used as evidence in a criminal trial. ProDiscover Forensic is a computer security tool that can examine computer disks for deleted and hidden data while protecting the data it finds to create quality evidence reports that can be used during a trial.
The Sleuth Kit (+Autopsy)
Autopsy is an open source program that functions as a commercial digital forensics tool. It allows forensic scientists to analyze the data stored on smartphones and on computer hard drives. Autopsy is a graphical user interface-based (GUI) program which allows forensic scientists to interact with electronic devices using icons and easy-to-understand visual indicators to allow for easier navigation and understanding of the software. The Sleuth Kit is a program that works within the Autopsy program to analyze images and recover files from smartphones and hard drives.
CAINE stands for Computer Aided Investigative Environment. CAINE consists of a plethora of forensic tools in a digital format. CAINE is a Linux Live CD that is based on Ubuntu Linux LTS, LightDM, and MATE. It possesses a user-friendly interface that allows you to access many open source forensic tools. It also has partially automated report creation capabilities for convenient and accurate forensic analysis reports that can be submitted to a court of law as evidence. The most recent version of CAINE has been updated to meet the highest safety standards and the standards of forensic reliability. Data recovery, mobile forensics, network forensics, and more are available for use with the CAINE software.
The SANS SIFT ( SANS Investigative Forensic Toolkit) program is an Ubuntu-based program that’s available on a Live CD. Inside, you will discover tools and techniques that will allow you to conduct an incident response investigation or an in-depth forensic investigation. SANS SIFT has better utilization of memory, is compatible with a 64-bit base system, and offers an expanded filesystem support.