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DFIR Challenge Coin - A Badge Of Honour

Learn the story behind SANS' DFIR Challenge Coin and discover how to secure your own.

SANS Lethal Forensicator Coin is awarded to Digital Forensic and Incident Response students who demonstrate remarkable skill, or contribute a great deal to the forensics community.

The Coins are beautifully designed, tough to earn and highly prized by those who carry them.

DFIR Coins

History Of SANS DFIR Coin

SANS DFIR Coin is officially named the Lethal Forensicator Coin. The Coin was created by Rob Lee - the curriculum lead and primary author of SANS' Digital Forensics Incident Response family of courses.

Along with other accolades, Rob founded the Information Warfare Squadron - the first US military unit focussed on information warfare.

The term Forensicator was itself created on 1st April 2007, during a security podcast created by two SANS Instructors - Ovie Carroll and Brett Padres. The two talked about a new forensics tool called Forensicator Pro, a piece of software that promised to completely automate the process of creating a forensic report. Forensicator Pro was, of course, an April Fools' prank.

Though originally a joke, the term stuck and took on a life of its own. A Forensicator became a byword for people who conduct forensic examinations.

Words change, language grows and, Lethal Forensicators evolved to become a term for people who can detect and eradicate the most advanced threats.

What Does SANS DFIR Coin Signify?

The Forensicator Coin is a symbol of belonging. It signifies being part of an elite group and is a badge of honour. It demotes that the holder possess the finest DFIR skills. The Coins show the holder's commitment to lifelong learning and professional improvement.

How Can I Earn A DFIR Forensicator Coin?

There several ways in which a student can earn a Forensicator Coin:

  • Scoring first place in a SANS Training Challenge that demands forensic talent (these sessions include those held during DFIR courses FOR500, FOR508, FOR558, and FOR563).
  • At the Instructor's discretion during a Training Event.
  • Write a GIAC gold paper that forwards the digital forensic field.
  • Contribute six published pieces to the SANS Digital Forensics blog.
  • Speak at a SANS Digital Forensics Summit (this does not apply to vendor talks).
  • Nomination by another SANS Coin holder.

Groups can be eligible to receive a DFIR Coin too. To be considered, the group must help further the field of digital forensics. This can mean contributing research, knowledge, and capabilities to the wider forensic community.

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