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Digital Forensics and Investigations
Author : Jason Sachowski
Publisher : CRC Press
Release Date : 2018-05-16
ISBN 10 : 1351762206
Pages : 348 pages

Digital forensics has been a discipline of Information Security for decades now. Its principles, methodologies, and techniques have remained consistent despite the evolution of technology, and, ultimately, it and can be applied to any form of digital data. However, within a corporate environment, digital forensic professionals are particularly challenged. They must maintain the legal admissibility and forensic viability of digital evidence in support of a broad range of different business functions that include incident response, electronic discovery (ediscovery), and ensuring the controls and accountability of such information across networks. Digital Forensics and Investigations: People, Process, and Technologies to Defend the Enterprise provides the methodologies and strategies necessary for these key business functions to seamlessly integrate digital forensic capabilities to guarantee the admissibility and integrity of digital evidence. In many books, the focus on digital evidence is primarily in the technical, software, and investigative elements, of which there are numerous publications. What tends to get overlooked are the people and process elements within the organization. Taking a step back, the book outlines the importance of integrating and accounting for the people, process, and technology components of digital forensics. In essence, to establish a holistic paradigm—and best-practice procedure and policy approach—to defending the enterprise. This book serves as a roadmap for professionals to successfully integrate an organization’s people, process, and technology with other key business functions in an enterprise’s digital forensic capabilities.

Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation
Author : Eoghan Casey
Publisher : Academic Press
Release Date : 2009-10-07
ISBN 10 : 9780080921471
Pages : 600 pages

Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation builds on the success of the Handbook of Computer Crime Investigation, bringing together renowned experts in all areas of digital forensics and investigation to provide the consummate resource for practitioners in the field. It is also designed as an accompanying text to Digital Evidence and Computer Crime. This unique collection details how to conduct digital investigations in both criminal and civil contexts, and how to locate and utilize digital evidence on computers, networks, and embedded systems. Specifically, the Investigative Methodology section of the Handbook provides expert guidance in the three main areas of practice: Forensic Analysis, Electronic Discovery, and Intrusion Investigation. The Technology section is extended and updated to reflect the state of the art in each area of specialization. The main areas of focus in the Technology section are forensic analysis of Windows, Unix, Macintosh, and embedded systems (including cellular telephones and other mobile devices), and investigations involving networks (including enterprise environments and mobile telecommunications technology). This handbook is an essential technical reference and on-the-job guide that IT professionals, forensic practitioners, law enforcement, and attorneys will rely on when confronted with computer related crime and digital evidence of any kind. *Provides methodologies proven in practice for conducting digital investigations of all kinds *Demonstrates how to locate and interpret a wide variety of digital evidence, and how it can be useful in investigations *Presents tools in the context of the investigative process, including EnCase, FTK, ProDiscover, foremost, XACT, Network Miner, Splunk, flow-tools, and many other specialized utilities and analysis platforms *Case examples in every chapter give readers a practical understanding of the technical, logistical, and legal challenges that arise in real investigations

Digital Forensics Explained
Author : Greg Gogolin
Publisher : CRC Press
Release Date : 2012-12-03
ISBN 10 : 1439874956
Pages : 198 pages

The field of computer forensics has experienced significant growth recently and those looking to get into the industry have significant opportunity for upward mobility. Focusing on the concepts investigators need to know to conduct a thorough investigation, Digital Forensics Explained provides an overall description of the forensic practice from a practitioner’s perspective. Starting with an overview, the text describes best practices based on the author’s decades of experience conducting investigations and working in information technology. It illustrates the forensic process, explains what it takes to be an investigator, and highlights emerging trends. Filled with helpful templates and contributions from seasoned experts in their respective fields, the book includes coverage of: Internet and email investigations Mobile forensics for cell phones, iPads, music players, and other small devices Cloud computing from an architecture perspective and its impact on digital forensics Anti-forensic techniques that may be employed to make a forensic exam more difficult to conduct Recoverability of information from damaged media The progression of a criminal case from start to finish Tools that are often used in an examination, including commercial, free, and open-source tools; computer and mobile tools; and things as simple as extension cords Social media and social engineering forensics Case documentation and presentation, including sample summary reports and a cover sheet for a cell phone investigation The text includes acquisition forms, a sequential process outline to guide your investigation, and a checklist of supplies you’ll need when responding to an incident. Providing you with the understanding and the tools to deal with suspects who find ways to make their digital activities hard to trace, the book also considers cultural implications, ethics, and the psychological effects that digital forensics investigations can have on investigators.

Contemporary Digital Forensic Investigations of Cloud and Mobile Applications
Author : Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo,Ali Dehghantanha
Publisher : Syngress
Release Date : 2016-10-12
ISBN 10 : 0128054484
Pages : 326 pages

Contemporary Digital Forensic Investigations of Cloud and Mobile Applications comprehensively discusses the implications of cloud (storage) services and mobile applications on digital forensic investigations. The book provides both digital forensic practitioners and researchers with an up-to-date and advanced knowledge of collecting and preserving electronic evidence from different types of cloud services, such as digital remnants of cloud applications accessed through mobile devices. This is the first book that covers the investigation of a wide range of cloud services. Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo and Dr. Ali Dehghantanha are leading researchers in cloud and mobile security and forensics, having organized research, led research, and been published widely in the field. Users will gain a deep overview of seminal research in the field while also identifying prospective future research topics and open challenges. Presents the most current, leading edge research on cloud and mobile application forensics, featuring a panel of top experts in the field Introduces the first book to provide an in-depth overview of the issues surrounding digital forensic investigations in cloud and associated mobile apps Covers key technical topics and provides readers with a complete understanding of the most current research findings Includes discussions on future research directions and challenges

Big Data Analytics and Computing for Digital Forensic Investigations
Author : Suneeta Satpathy,Sachi Nandan Mohanty
Publisher : CRC Press
Release Date : 2020-04-07
ISBN 10 : 1000045056
Pages : 214 pages

Digital forensics has recently gained a notable development and become the most demanding area in today’s information security requirement. This book investigates the areas of digital forensics, digital investigation and data analysis procedures as they apply to computer fraud and cybercrime, with the main objective of describing a variety of digital crimes and retrieving potential digital evidence. Big Data Analytics and Computing for Digital Forensic Investigations gives a contemporary view on the problems of information security. It presents the idea that protective mechanisms and software must be integrated along with forensic capabilities into existing forensic software using big data computing tools and techniques. Features Describes trends of digital forensics served for big data and the challenges of evidence acquisition Enables digital forensic investigators and law enforcement agencies to enhance their digital investigation capabilities with the application of data science analytics, algorithms and fusion technique This book is focused on helping professionals as well as researchers to get ready with next-generation security systems to mount the rising challenges of computer fraud and cybercrimes as well as with digital forensic investigations. Dr Suneeta Satpathy has more than ten years of teaching experience in different subjects of the Computer Science and Engineering discipline. She is currently working as an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Bhubaneswar, affiliated with Biju Patnaik University and Technology, Odisha. Her research interests include computer forensics, cybersecurity, data fusion, data mining, big data analysis and decision mining. Dr Sachi Nandan Mohanty is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at ICFAI Tech, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Hyderabad, India. His research interests include data mining, big data analysis, cognitive science, fuzzy decision-making, brain–computer interface, cognition and computational intelligence.

Fundamentals of Digital Forensics
Author : Joakim Kävrestad
Publisher : Springer
Release Date : 2018-07-31
ISBN 10 : 3319963198
Pages : 230 pages

This hands-on textbook provides an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of digital forensics. The text contains thorough coverage of the theoretical foundations, explaining what computer forensics is, what it can do, and also what it can’t. A particular focus is presented on establishing sound forensic thinking and methodology, supported by practical guidance on performing typical tasks and using common forensic tools. Emphasis is also placed on universal principles, as opposed to content unique to specific legislation in individual countries. Topics and features: introduces the fundamental concepts in digital forensics, and the steps involved in a forensic examination in a digital environment; discusses the nature of what cybercrime is, and how digital evidence can be of use during criminal investigations into such crimes; offers a practical overview of common practices for cracking encrypted data; reviews key artifacts that have proven to be important in several cases, highlighting where to find these and how to correctly interpret them; presents a survey of various different search techniques, and several forensic tools that are available for free; examines the functions of AccessData Forensic Toolkit and Registry Viewer; proposes methods for analyzing applications, timelining, determining the identity of the computer user, and deducing if the computer was remote controlled; describes the central concepts relating to computer memory management, and how to perform different types of memory analysis using the open source tool Volatility; provides review questions and practice tasks at the end of most chapters, and supporting video lectures on YouTube. This easy-to-follow primer is an essential resource for students of computer forensics, and will also serve as a valuable reference for practitioners seeking instruction on performing forensic examinations in law enforcement or in the private sector.

Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations
Author : Ian Walden
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date : 2016-03-22
ISBN 10 : 9780198705598
Pages : 600 pages

Cybercrime and cybersecurity are of increasingly high profile not only within law enforcement but among policy makers, legal professionals and the general public. The establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol and the recent publication of guidelines on the prosecution of social media cases by the Director of Public Prosecutions serve as illustrations of the reach and impact of cybercrime related issues. As more of our day to day lives are conducted via digital mediums, cybercrime has ceased to be a purely specialist area and as technologies rapidly evolve and advance so do the challenges and threats raised, making it more important than ever for practitioners working in this area to stay up to date. Building on the detailed legal analysis in the first edition, this updated text remains the only comprehensive work to cover the complete lifecycle of cybercrimes, from their commission to their investigation and prosecution. With its clear and accessible structure, Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations provides essential guidance on the substantive and procedural aspects of cybercrimes for both experienced practitioners and for those new to the field. Substantial developments have occurred since the publication of the first edition of this work, in terms of the threats faced, the legislation and case law, and the response of law enforcement. The second edition will include new material on topics such as cyberwarfare; orders made against convicted criminals; and issues of surveillance and interception as well as expanded discussions of cyber security policy and laws, intermediary liability, developments in policing activities and prosecution policies, and developments in cross-border search and seizure and mutual legal assistance and extradition. An expanded comparative discussion of law and policy within the EU and under the Budapest Convention, as well as other international organizations such as the United Nations, places cybercrime in its international context.

Digital Forensics and Forensic Investigations: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Author : Management Association, Information Resources
Publisher : IGI Global
Release Date : 2020-04-03
ISBN 10 : 1799830268
Pages : 562 pages

As computer and internet technologies continue to advance at a fast pace, the rate of cybercrimes is increasing. Crimes employing mobile devices, data embedding/mining systems, computers, network communications, or any malware impose a huge threat to data security, while cyberbullying, cyberstalking, child pornography, and trafficking crimes are made easier through the anonymity of the internet. New developments in digital forensics tools and an understanding of current criminal activities can greatly assist in minimizing attacks on individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. Digital Forensics and Forensic Investigations: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice addresses current challenges and issues emerging in cyber forensics and new investigative tools and methods that can be adopted and implemented to address these issues and counter security breaches within various organizations. It also examines a variety of topics such as advanced techniques for forensic developments in computer and communication-link environments and legal perspectives including procedures for cyber investigations, standards, and policies. Highlighting a range of topics such as cybercrime, threat detection, and forensic science, this publication is an ideal reference source for security analysts, law enforcement, lawmakers, government officials, IT professionals, researchers, practitioners, academicians, and students currently investigating the up-and-coming aspects surrounding network security, computer science, and security engineering.

Digital Investigations
Author : Chad R Johnson
Publisher : Academic Press
Release Date : 2020-03-16
ISBN 10 : 9780128184424
Pages : 450 pages

Digital forensics is a crucial science. Technology is ubiquitous in our society, and we are standing at the cusp of an important point in history. We are currently at the point where we use technology to support our lifestyle. Soon we will enter an age where technology supplements it. An age where our car will send us an email to remind us it has checked our calendar and booked an oil change at a shop a mile from our house. Where we can view a webcam on our phones to see that grandma is ringing the doorbell. It is already estimated that digital evidence is present in over 95% of all crimes. Our future indicates this is going to be more important, not less. At the same time, we have relatively few digital forensic experts to support this future - a phenomenon known as "going dark." Put simply, in our age fewer and fewer crimes are solvable without digital evidence. Digital Investigations: Evidence and Forensics focuses on the examination phase of a digital investigation. It reviews the technical skills of digital forensics - locating and acquiring forensic artifacts on Windows systems, emails, and file systems. It also covers critical skills lacking in other works - how to handle a digital crime scene and the forensic process for computer systems. It answers the following questions: What do we do when we have a crime scene on our hands? What do we do with evidence? What do we do with evidence once we have it?Since the author also teaches these courses, the text will include labs to teach technical skills, such as data recovery, evidence identification, forensic timelines, etc. This book is ideal for readers with little exposure to the world of digital forensics and the investigative process. Provides an overview of the tools and techniques experts in the field of computer crime need in digital forensics Includes steps on how to handle a scene, identify/acquire/preserve evidence and disk and data recovery Readers learn terminology and tools of digital investigations, how to conduct examinations, specifically of Windows systems, as well as email

Digital Forensics
Author : Angus McKenzie Marshall
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release Date : 2009-07-15
ISBN 10 : 0470714425
Pages : 184 pages

The vast majority of modern criminal investigations involve some element of digital evidence, from mobile phones, computers, CCTV and other devices. Digital Forensics: Digital Evidence in Criminal Investigations provides the reader with a better understanding of how digital evidence complements “traditional” scientific evidence and examines how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in a range of investigations. Taking a new approach to the topic, this book presents digital evidence as an adjunct to other types of evidence and discusses how it can be deployed effectively in support of investigations. The book provides investigators/SSMs/other managers with sufficient contextual and technical information to be able to make more effective use of digital evidence sources in support of a range of investigations. In particular, it considers the roles played by digital devices in society and hence in criminal activities. From this, it examines the role and nature of evidential data which may be recoverable from a range of devices, considering issues relating to reliability and usefulness of those data. Includes worked case examples, test questions and review quizzes to enhance student understanding Solutions provided in an accompanying website Includes numerous case studies throughout to highlight how digital evidence is handled at the crime scene and what can happen when procedures are carried out incorrectly Considers digital evidence in a broader context alongside other scientific evidence Discusses the role of digital devices in criminal activities and provides methods for the evaluation and prioritizing of evidence sources Includes discussion of the issues surrounding modern digital evidence examinations, for example; volume of material and its complexity Clear overview of all types of digital evidence Digital Forensics: Digital Evidence in Criminal Investigations is an invaluable text for undergraduate students taking either general forensic science courses where digital forensics may be a module or a dedicated computer/digital forensics degree course. The book is also a useful overview of the subject for postgraduate students and forensic practitioners.

The Basics of Digital Forensics
Author : John Sammons
Publisher : Syngress
Release Date : 2014-12-09
ISBN 10 : 0128018925
Pages : 200 pages

The Basics of Digital Forensics provides a foundation for people new to the digital forensics field. This book teaches you how to conduct examinations by discussing what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key tactical concepts, and the tools needed to perform examinations. Details on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud and the Internet are discussed. Also, learn how to collect evidence, document the scene, and how deleted data can be recovered. The new Second Edition of this book provides you with completely up-to-date real-world examples and all the key technologies used in digital forensics, as well as new coverage of network intrusion response, how hard drives are organized, and electronic discovery. You'll also learn how to incorporate quality assurance into an investigation, how to prioritize evidence items to examine (triage), case processing, and what goes into making an expert witness. The Second Edition also features expanded resources and references, including online resources that keep you current, sample legal documents, and suggested further reading. Learn what Digital Forensics entails Build a toolkit and prepare an investigative plan Understand the common artifacts to look for in an exam Second Edition features all-new coverage of hard drives, triage, network intrusion response, and electronic discovery; as well as updated case studies, expert interviews, and expanded resources and references

Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
Author : Thomas J. Holt,Adam M. Bossler,Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2015-02-11
ISBN 10 : 1317694783
Pages : 486 pages

The emergence of the World Wide Web, smartphones, and Computer-Mediated Communications (CMCs) profoundly affect the way in which people interact online and offline. Individuals who engage in socially unacceptable or outright criminal acts increasingly utilize technology to connect with one another in ways that are not otherwise possible in the real world due to shame, social stigma, or risk of detection. As a consequence, there are now myriad opportunities for wrongdoing and abuse through technology. This book offers a comprehensive and integrative introduction to cybercrime. It is the first to connect the disparate literature on the various types of cybercrime, the investigation and detection of cybercrime and the role of digital information, and the wider role of technology as a facilitator for social relationships between deviants and criminals. It includes coverage of: key theoretical and methodological perspectives, computer hacking and digital piracy, economic crime and online fraud, pornography and online sex crime, cyber-bulling and cyber-stalking, cyber-terrorism and extremism, digital forensic investigation and its legal context, cybercrime policy. This book includes lively and engaging features, such as discussion questions, boxed examples of unique events and key figures in offending, quotes from interviews with active offenders and a full glossary of terms. It is supplemented by a companion website that includes further students exercises and instructor resources. This text is essential reading for courses on cybercrime, cyber-deviancy, digital forensics, cybercrime investigation and the sociology of technology.