What is Helix

Helix is a Linux based operating system produced by e-fense that can run from a CD.

Simply by putting the CD in a computer and booting it from  tge CD can allow the user to turntheir computer into a Linux based operating. This is a great benefit computer forensic examiners as it allows them to boot a suspect computer into Linux then either quickly examine the system, or take an exact image of the suspect hard drive without removing it from the computer (PC/Mac/Server), which can be hugely time saving, and some times allow the project to continue in a sensible time frame – e.g AppleMacs are very hard to get the hard drives out of and servers can often only be imaged via a boot CD.

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3 Responses to “What is Helix”

  1. Helix is Dead, Long Live Helix « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] is Dead, Long Live Helix Posted on March 28, 2009 by Rob Helix, one of the most popular free boot disks for forensics is no more, or to be more accurate it is no […]

  2. Forensics: BackTrack « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] BackTrack is based on a Slax, and full of pen-testing/ethical hacking tools. Its a complete CD of everything you need, and it all remains in RAM, rather than being stored on the hard drive, it leaves no evidence.  This makes the tool excellent for the incident response team, and hacker alike. It has all of the imaging functionality with DD, that is expected of similar tools such as Helix. […]

  3. How do you get a job in computer forensics? « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] hold of basic forensic software, Helix, is a good start as is FTK Imager and DTSearch. Use trial versions of EnCase and FTK and anything […]


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