The pervasiveness and the convenience of information technology tend to make most of society deeply dependent on the availability computers and network systems. As our reliance on such systems grows, so does our exposure to its vulnerabilities. Day after day, computers are being attacked and compromised. These attacks are made to steal personal identities, to bring down an entire network segment, to disable the online presence of businesses, or to completely obliterate sensitive information that is critical for personal or business purposes. It is the responsibility of every organization to establish a reasonably secure system to protect its own interests as well as those of its customers. And as computer crime steadily grows, so does the need for computer security professionals trained in understanding computer crimes, in gathering digital forensic evidence, in applying the necessary security tools, and in collaborating with law enforcement agencies. This paper presents the design and implementation of an experimental Computer Security and Forensic Analysis (CSFA) laboratory and the tools associated with it. The laboratory is envisioned to be a training facility for future computer security professionals.
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