For the purpose of the
first part of this Project, you are still the InfoSec Specialist for the
Makestuff Company. Consider this project a continuation of the work you
performed in Projects 1 and 2.
After seeing you
search Mr. Yourprop’s work area and take several pieces of evidence, Ms. Maria
Friend, who works in the office across the hall, comes forward with an odd
story. Ms. Friend states that she is Mr. Yourprop’s fiancé, but lately
things in their relationship had begun to sour. She produces a thumb
drive she says Mr. Yourprop gave her earlier that day. She tells you Mr.
Yourprop told her to “keep it safe” and asked her to bring it home with her at
the end of the day. Ms. Friend tells you she really likes her job and has
no interest in being wrapped up in whatever Mr. Yourprop has done to invite
How would you package the thumb drive for shipment to the lab? Be specific as
to what materials you would use, and why?
What would you ask the lab to look for on the submitted thumb drive, and why?
Are there any locations outside of Mr. Yourprop’s immediate workspace where
pertinent digital evidence might be found to help with your intellectual
property theft case? Explain thoroughly.
Now, please assume a
different character for the purpose of this next segment of the assessment…You
are a forensic examiner at the above mentioned Makestuff Company lab.
After receiving the package from the InfoSec Specialist in the field, you sign
the chain of custody form and get set to begin your examination.
How would you protect this thumb drive prior to creating a forensic image for
examination? Why is this protection important to your overall case?
Discuss at least threeforensic
examination/analysis tools that could be used by you or Makestuff Company’s
other digital forensic analysts to process/analyze the thumb drive you received
(be specific), ensuring you include the manufacturer of each tool and each
InfoSec Specialist was on his/her game, and ALSO sent you copies of several
files, reported to be the source code of “Product X”.
What is hashing, and how could you take advantage of it in this case to attempt
to determine if Mr. Yourprop’s thumb drive contains copies of the source code?
You complete your
laboratory examination and return the evidence, with your report, back to the
InfoSec Specialist at the field office.
Now, back at the field
office, the InfoSec Specialist (a.k.a., you) receives the report from the
Makestuff Lab, which shows that the complete “Product X” source code was found
on Mr. Yourprop’s thumb drive. In addition, while the evidence was at the
lab for examination, you determined it is also likely that Mr. Yourprop emailed
copies of the source code to his personal email address.
Do you recommend reporting the crime to law enforcement? Why or why not? Are
private companies required to report crimes to law enforcement?
The decision is
ultimately made to report the theft to law enforcement and, using primarily the
evidence you developed during your investigation, Mr. Yourprop is brought to
trial for the crime. You (as the forensic examiner from the Makestuff
Lab) are qualified as an expert witness and called to testify.
What is the significance of you being qualified as an expert witness? How is it
different from being a simple fact witness? Explain thoroughly.
While you are on the stand, the defense asks you the following question based
on the fact that you write a personal blog about digital forensics in your
off-time, from which it appears you are a staunch supporter of law
enforcement. “How do we know you were not just a “police
hack” in this case, choosing to report only what would help law
enforcement and your company’s bottom-line in this case?”
- Each questions should be answered with a minimum of
1-2 paragraphs, so do your research, be specific, be detailed, and
demonstrate your knowledge;
- Answers to the above questions should be submitted in a
single document (.DOC/.DOCX, .RTF, or .PDF), with answers separated so as
to make it clear which question is being answered;
- The submission should have a cover page, including
course number, course title, title of paper, student’s name, date of
- Format: 12-point font, double-space, one-inch margins;
- It is mandatory that you do some research, and utilize
outside resources! References page: APA citation style (seehttpsss://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ for help).