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Successful Root Cause Analysis Investigations

A Magnet Forensics Industry Insights Brief

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When an organization is breached, determining whether data was exfiltrated is just the start. How intruders gained access is the basis for future prevention, and that’s why root cause analysis is needed.

Like any digital investigation, no two intrusion analyses are alike. However, also like any digital investigation, good root cause analysis relies on a repeatable, reproducible forensic process that includes correlating logs with computer system artifacts to build strong activity timelines. This Industry Insights Brief explores the three main steps to achieving success in corporate intrusion investigations and root cause analysis:

  1. Target and acquire the affected systems and combine their images, together with any relevant network logs.
  2. Find, categorize, review, and correlate evidence to prove intent and attribution.
  3. Report results in a way that supports IT, Legal, and other stakeholder requirements.

“When an organization is breached, determining whether data was exfiltrated is just the start. How intruders gained access is the basis for future prevention, and that’s why root cause analysis is needed.”

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