FIREBrick: Open Source Forensic Hardware Platform

A session at 4th Annual Open Source Digital Forensics Conference & Workshops

  • Pavel Gladyshev

Tuesday 5th November, 2013

2:20pm to 2:55pm (EST)

Until now, open source forensic tools were almost exclusively software. There are some inherent advantages in having a specialized hardware platform for digital forensics, such as more direct/efficient use of processing hardware, and the ability to peer-review the functionality of the forensic appliance. DigitalFIRE has developed an open source forensic disk imaging and write blocking platform called FIREBrick. This device can be built by end users from off-the-shelf mass produced components, with the total cost of parts about $200.

The system’s open source firmware enables it to achieve imaging throughput of up to 4GB/min, and the system is easily assembled with just a screwdriver. Competing with commercial write blockers/imagers is not the objective of this project. Instead, its focus is on a highly configurable and open platform that is cost effective and community developed.

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Pavel Gladyshev

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Time 2:20pm2:55pm EST

Date Tue 5th November 2013

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