Change-Link

Timothy R. Leschke, Alan T. Sherman
2012 Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security - VizSec '12  
We present Change-Link, a customizable data exploration tool which empowers the user to see visual representations of directories that have changed over time within a computer operating system that supports the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). Change-Link displays change information in a split-screen interface comprising an overview of directory change for the entire dataset and a detail view of change for individual directories. Input to Change-Link is an evidence hard drive
more » ... hard drive containing an active file system and previous versions of the directory structure that were archived by the VSS. This approach to browsing change within a directory structure helps a digital forensic examiner understand how a particular computer was used to support criminal activity. Because data that have changed are often the most important, identifying directories that have changed over time directs attention towards data of higher importance. By examining the most important data, digital forensic examiners are better able to keep pace with the data explosion that is making current digital forensic examinations unmanageable. Our contributions include the development of a segmented box and whisker glyph for representing change over time for individual directories, an approach for aggregating VSS data for digital forensic examinations, and a data visualization tool for exploring digital forensic data.
doi:10.1145/2379690.2379697 dblp:conf/vizsec/LeschkeS12 fatcat:n7rlzigz3jhi7mj6nywdx27o3a