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Kroll Artifact Parser And Extractor (KAPE)

Find, collect and process forensically useful artifacts in minutes.

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Purpose–Built to Expedite and Optimize Forensic Investigations
Predefined, continually updated targets and modules
Predefined, Continually Updated Targets and Modules
Actionable intelligence in minutes
Actionable Intelligence in Minutes
Standardize forensic processes
Standardize Forensic Processes
DFIR Investigator of the Year
Developed by 3x Forensic 4:cast DFIR Investigator of the Year

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 teams collect and process forensically useful artifacts within minutes. With KAPE, you can find and prioritize the most critical systems to your case and collect key artifacts before imaging. This means no longer having to wait until full system images are gathered and then wading through data where typically less than 10% will have any 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

How KAPE Works

Introducing KAPE

Over 60 Predefined Targets and 90 Modules
Over 60 Predefined Targets and 90 Modules

KAPE has two primary phases – target collection and module execution:

  • Targets are essentially collections 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 gives you access to targets and modules for the most common operations required in forensic exams, helping investigators gather a wider range of artifacts in a fraction of the time, enriching evidentiary libraries.

Grouping Artifacts Expedites Triage
Grouping Artifacts Expedites Triage

KAPE focuses on collecting and processing relevant data quickly, grouping artifacts in categorized directories such as EvidenceOfExecution, BrowserHistory and AccountUsage. Grouping things by category means an examiner no longer needs to know how to process prefetch, shimcache, amcache, userassist, etc., as they relate to evidence of execution artifacts.

Standardize Forensic Processes
Standardize Forensic Processes

When handling an incident, forensic examiners are tasked with knowing which artifacts to collect, where they may reside, and how to collect the data without damaging the evidence or chain of custody. With KAPE, forensic examiners have a solution to find, collect and process forensic artifacts in a way that standardizes forensic engagements by leveraging a wider range of extracted artifacts. KAPE can also help facilitate the onboarding and training of new investigators by standardizing and scaling artifact pulls.

Live KAPE Training with Kroll Experts
Live KAPE Training with Kroll Experts

Eric Zimmerman and a team of Kroll experts structured a hands-on course to lead forensic examiners to KAPE mastery, enabling federal agents, law enforcement personnel, first responders, digital forensic analysts and incident response team members to:

  • Understand the myriad applications of KAPE targets and modules
  • Explore the capabilities of KAPE’s graphical 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 highest profile cyber incidents in the world and performs digital forensics and evidence collection for thousands of companies. This unique frontline insight from our experts is enhanced by input from the global DFIR community to actively contribute to the development of KAPE. To learn more:

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You will receive a download link via email containing a .zip file with the following:

  • KAPE.exe - This is the executable that runs the program
  • Modules and Targets - These files include predefined modules and targets for your use with the KAPE software. Custom modules and targets can also be created
  • End user license agreement (EULA) for KAPE

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