Kroll Artifact Parser And Extractor (KAPE)

Kroll's Artifact Parser and Extractor (KAPE) – created by Kroll senior director and three-time Forensic 4:cast DFIR Investigator of the Year Eric Zimmerman – lets forensic investigators collect and process forensically useful artifacts within minutes. Get more information on KAPE, access training materials or book a live session with a Kroll expert here.
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With KAPE, users can find and prioritize the systems that are most critical to their case and collect key artifacts before imaging.

With KAPE, forensic investigations no longer require long wait times to gather full system images and then wading through data where 90% typically has little or no forensic value. 


"The gist of [KAPE] is that in as little as half an hour, we can go from disk imaging to substantive analysis of filesystem, shell, execution, event, and registry data."
Troy Larson, Microsoft

Purpose–Built to Expedite and Optimize Forensic Investigations

Screening and Monitoring

Actionable Intelligence in Minutes
Standardize Forensic Processes
Developed by 3x Forensic 4:cast DFIR Investigator of the Year
How KAPE Works

Introducing KAPE

Over 60 Predefined Targets and 90 Modules

KAPE operates in two primary phases – target collection and module execution:

  • Targets are essentially sets of file and directory specifications.
  • Modules are used to run programs, which can target anything, including files collected via targets as well as any other kinds of programs you may want to run on a system from a live response perspective.

KAPE lets users access targets and modules for the most common operations required in a forensic exam, letting investigators gather many more artifacts in much less time, and enriching evidentiary libraries.


Grouping Artifacts Expedites Triage

KAPE’s primary focus is collecting and processing relevant data quickly, grouping artifacts in categorized directories – like, for example,  EvidenceOfExecution, BrowserHistory and AccountUsage. Grouping items by category means an examiner will no longer need to learn how to process prefetch, shimcache, amcache, userassist, etc., with respect to evidence of execution artifacts. 

Standardize Forensic Processes

When investigating or collecting data after an incident, forensic examiners must know which artifacts to collect, where they may reside, and how to collect them without damaging the evidence or chain of custody. With KAPE, examiners can find, collect and process forensic artifacts using a process that standardizes forensic engagements by leveraging a wider range of extracted artifacts. KAPE can also help simplify the onboarding and training of new investigators by standardizing and scaling artifact pulls. 

Live KAPE Training with Kroll Experts

Eric Zimmerman and a team of Kroll experts developed a hands-on course to help forensic examiners to KAPE mastery, letting law enforcement personnel, first responders, digital forensic analysts and incident response team members to:

  • Understand the myriad applications for KAPE targets and modules
  • Explore and understand the capabilities of KAPE’s graphic interface
  • Run a hands-on investigation lab to produce actionable intelligence in 15 minutes or less
  • Browse KAPE Training packages
Continually Evolving Dynamic Solution 

Kroll works on some of the most complex and high-profile cyber incidents in the world and performs digital forensics and evidence collection for thousands of companies a year. The work performed by our cyber experts is enhanced by input from the global DFIR community to actively contribute to the development of KAPE. To learn more:

Clarifying KAPE Usage Permission
  • KAPE is free for use by any local, state, federal or international government agency.
  • KAPE is free for educational and research use.
  • KAPE is free for internal company use.
  • KAPE requires an enterprise license when used on a third-party network and/or as part of a paid engagement.

Read more about KAPE enterprise licenses here.

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