Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Science / ECU Security Research Institute

RAS ID

30341

Comments

Sikos, L. F. (2020). Packet analysis for network forensics: a comprehensive survey. Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, 32, Article 200892. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsidi.2019.200892

Abstract

Packet analysis is a primary traceback technique in network forensics, which, providing that the packet details captured are sufficiently detailed, can play back even the entire network traffic for a particular point in time. This can be used to find traces of nefarious online behavior, data breaches, unauthorized website access, malware infection, and intrusion attempts, and to reconstruct image files, documents, email attachments, etc. sent over the network. This paper is a comprehensive survey of the utilization of packet analysis, including deep packet inspection, in network forensics, and provides a review of AI-powered packet analysis methods with advanced network traffic classification and pattern identification capabilities. Considering that not all network information can be used in court, the types of digital evidence that might be admissible are detailed. The properties of both hardware appliances and packet analyzer software are reviewed from the perspective of their potential use in network forensics.

DOI

10.1016/j.fsidi.2019.200892

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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