Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Victor Fay-Wolfe

Abstract

After finishing the process of investigating digital evidence on a forensic workstation, it is important for law enforcement to use a forensically sound machine when starting a new investigation. To prevent cross-contamination of remnants between cases, most law enforcement agencies seek to have a controlled operating environment that can be reset to a sterile state which ensures that all remnants of previous cases are not present. The discontinuation of Windows SteadyState™ has left forensic investigators without a viable automated solution for ensuring a controlled environment that protects the probative value of digital evidence. This thesis project forensically validates and modifies an existing open-source SteadyState™ solution, Forensics Steady State, which will provide law enforcement officers with a viable substitution to other costly products.

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