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drickyd
05-19-2011, 05:04 PM
Although my specialities now are more on the business (network installation & maintenance) and domestic (PC repair/data recovery/ maintenance) - this is because of where I am located - SW Africa - and these services are the most in demand out here; however, during my UK and SE Asia periods of training and employment I worked and consulted much more in the field of forensic data recovery. I was a civilian consultant to a police authority in the UK for a time, although I know police work has become much more scientific since those early days.

However, I still like to keep up with present day techniques and both software and hardware methods have, in my opinion, developed a quite amazing degree of competence and sophistication in this field.

I enjoy being a part of the Technibble community and I have a great respect for the amount of technical knowledge that is in evidence throughout these forums, but I wonder if there is a place for a new one (forum that is) that covers "FORENSICS" as a seperate topic? It need not try to be over the top, there are after all specialist sites and forums that cater for forensic pro's without us trying to compete at that level, but I do think there is a lot of general interest out there, especially amongst fellow techies who want to look more deeply into the topic than is done with the entries and threads dealing with, for example, data recovery.

Does anybody agree? And please do say if you don't, I'm not going to be precious about the idea if it turns out I'm in a minority!

JosephLeo
05-19-2011, 05:52 PM
While I'm more than sure there are plenty of forensics experts here on Technibble, I don't think that there are enough of them to warrant a new forum category. If there were more of a demand Bryce would consider, but as of right now there isn't too much forensics discussion. For now though, a great place to discuss forensics would be in the Hardware (http://www.technibble.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=12) forum.

callthatgirl
05-21-2011, 07:51 PM
I don't think that there are enough of them to warrant a new forum category.

Well, I think there might be. It's worth considering.

citizensmith
05-22-2011, 02:30 PM
The only thing i know bout forensics is it aint like on tv. Those techies can find anythings on the on the bad guy laptop faster than my pc starts up in the mornings. Id be intrested in your experience with data recovery. Does in it bring a lot of work with deleted holiday snaps or can joe public just point and click like on tv? I guess with the change in windows formating there can be some dissappointed customers

Bryce W
05-26-2011, 11:10 AM
I only create forums if there are enough threads to warrant it. At the moment I dont see enough forensics threads to support a dedicated forensics forum. Sorry.

iisjman07
05-26-2011, 03:34 PM
Forensics is a very intricate business and is usually studied on courses, etc. I'm not sure a forum would suffice, and it may insight unintentional-incorrect information

Bryce W
05-26-2011, 05:01 PM
Yeah, I figure there would be some pretty serious legal requirements to even do it. So s iijsman said, a forum probably isnt the best place.

NeutronTech
05-26-2011, 05:57 PM
I would certainly like to see more threads about forensics. I have been reading up on it and would like to take my training further. I realize there aren't many threads on the subject now, but maybe a forum would spark some more discussion on the matter.

I don't think there would be any legal considerations to doing so. I mean, forum posts should always be taken with a grain of salt, and any information obtained from such a forum should of course be researched on it's own.

Perhaps I'll start a thread to get a discussion started.

drickyd
06-05-2011, 07:44 PM
An interesting mix of comments to my original post. I understand Bryce's point of view and have no beef about his decision, but I wonder - just out of interest - how many members we have who are actually PRACTISING/LICENCED/QUALIFIED forensic technicians? If you are, just post a reply and maybe we can form a Group instead? Would that be OK with you Bryce?

Thanks for the interest people.

sys-eng
06-14-2011, 04:54 PM
An interesting mix of comments to my original post. I understand Bryce's point of view and have no beef about his decision, but I wonder - just out of interest - how many members we have who are actually PRACTISING/LICENSED/QUALIFIED forensic technicians? If you are, just post a reply and maybe we can form a Group instead? Would that be OK with you Bryce?

Thanks for the interest people.

I am interested. I am not certified or whatever in this field but would like to know more about it as it is a part of the IT support business. I did help a man last year that was being disciplined at work because he was accused of visiting many pornography sites on his work PC. :eek: I know this guy from church and trusted that he was telling the truth that he did not visit those sites.

His company had hired a company to perform a security audit of their IT systems. They scanned computers and found that many had "traces left behind from pornography sites". :confused:

Well, this guy's computer did indeed have the URL address for many pornography sites on his PC. I would estimate that 99.999999% of all modern Windows PC's do. They are located in the registry in the section for Internet Settings. There are many bad sites listed there to be blocked by Parental Controls under the Content tab in Internet Explorer. After showing this fact to the company management (I showed the CEO that his PC had the same sites on it), they apologized to my new friend and several other employees. I do not know what they said to the company that performed the security audit but they should have negotiated a lower rate because they probably did more harm than good.

I did not charge for this work as it was more of a favor to a friend at church. I did get some future business from the company though because they were impressed with my work.

GPC
07-22-2011, 09:40 PM
I am definitely interest but have no formal training on the matter.

I've dabbled in using Linux and Windows based programs and had moderate success, but all the knowledge I've gained from it thus far has been trial and error. Currently, formal education is out of the question as I don't have the time or money, but there are quite a few free solutions out there that anyone has access to. It's just a matter of learning what and how to do things properly.

The downside is that there's just so much that Forensics covers it's hard to put it in just one category; it really just depends on the situation. Thus far, I have been unable to find a resource that explains it fully or clearly, which is why I would appreciate a separate forum.

pcdrpros
07-23-2011, 12:30 AM
I am fixing to take a class at a local university to obtain my CCE certificate in Computer Forensics and i would LOVE to have a Forensics forum!!!:)

Bryce W
07-23-2011, 12:55 AM
Start a Forensics thread. If it picks up steam, enough to warrant a forum I'll create one.

pcdrpros
07-23-2011, 03:59 AM
Thank you Bryce :) Hopefully we can generate alot of interest;)

sys-eng
07-23-2011, 09:07 PM
I would rather discuss here on Technibble or even a more restricted forum so as not to be trolled. The local college class is not very thorough at all, and I sure cannot afford the $300+/day that the good online courses charge.

I have been to a couple of "forensic" sites on the Internet that are quite knowledgeable; however, they are not in good neighborhoods if you know what I mean.