Data Forensics / Forensic Data Analysis (FDA) Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Data Forensics / Forensic Data Analysis (FDA) Data Forensics – also known as Forensic Data Analysis (FDA) – refers to the study of digital data and the investigation of cybercrime. FDA may focus on mobile devices, computers, servers and other storage devices, and it typically involves the tracking and analysis of data passing through a network. Investigators employ a range of tools, including decryption and reverse engineering. Some investigators distinguish between “persistent data” data stored on a drive – and volatile data, which resides in registries, cache, and RAM and which will be destroyed when the computer is shut down. Attribution and illuminating the complete attack path are among the primary objectives. Investigators must address not only the obvious technical challenges but also an array of administrative and legal issues. Technical issues encompass encryption, basic questions of data storage and “anti-forensics” tactics intended to circumvent investigator efforts. The complexities of cyber threats and attacks can create significant difficulties in accurately attributing malicious activity. And while there are a variety of standards for data forensics, there aren’t mutually agreed-upon standards, nor is there a single governing body to assure that professionals are qualified and following best practices. Related TermsIR - Incident Response Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS DOWNLOAD October 22, 2018 PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security Learn how a risk-centric approach can be applied to each PCI requirement. See Details Read more about PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security BLOG October 29, 2018 Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance Merchants often put compliance spending at the top of their list for budgeting purposes because the consequences of non-compliance can be expensive. F... See Details Read more about Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance DOWNLOAD July 31, 2017 PCI Services Learn how Optiv can help you plan, build and run your PCI compliance program. See Details Read more about PCI Services How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.