And when you do get your hands on a system what are you left with? A lot of trampled data points and an incomplete data set. And..what kind of time frame are we talking about to conduct the analysis, just to make a cut as to whether or not it passes the "who cares" test? Consider the time it takes to acquire and process an image in FTK or Encase. This is commonly referred to as machine time, and it's not uncommon to have too many systems locked up in machine time while the analyst waits for the case to process. And then of course you have the report writing part of the process. All told this takes an Average of 20-40 hours per case, often times more. This equates to two bottlenecks in the process.
The two primary bottlenecks are
- The time it takes to get to the point where analysis data points are collected, processed and analyzed. There is a lot of time wasted when the analyst is waiting for "machine time" to complete.
- The time it takes to generate a report.
So now let's look at a model that involves a triage phase.
By including a triage process that collects primary analysis datapoints while the system is live we increase our efficiencies by multi-tasking. Collection of primary data points can be largely automated. The analyst can then focus on analysis of the collected datapoints while the traditional acquisition and case processing takes place. Essentially what this does is take advantage of all available resources - human time and machine time by changing the model.
The benefits of this model are
- Not always having to acquire a disk image. If the "who cares" test isn't passed with the datapoints that are collected early, then you can easily move on.
- This is a one-to-many relationship. An analyst can quickly collect datapoints from several systems and conduct triage analysis instead of waiting for a linear acquisition process to progress.
- It uses all available resources at the same time instead of waiting on one component to complete.
Here is another illustration.
Again...it's not like this is built around F-response or anything. I'm not saying..I'm just saying.
What are your thoughts? I *am* looking for feedback.