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ISBN-13: 978-0123742674 ISBN-10: 0123742676 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123742676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123742674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"... any library serving them would find this an excellent introduction." -E-Streams

"Any law firm looking to get into the field would do well to start here." -E-Streams

"... a useful introduction to an increasingly important field." -E-Streams

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Handbook of DIGITAL FORENSICS AND INVESTIGATION Edited by EOGHAN CASEY, cmdLabs.com Author of Digital Evidence and Computer Crime

Contributors: Cory Altheide (Mandiant) - Christopher Daywalt (cmdLabs) - Andrea de Donno (Lepta) - Dario Forte (DFLabs) - James Holley (Ernst & Young) - Andy Johnson (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) - Ronald van der Knijff (Netherlands Forensic Institute) - Anthony Kokocinski (CSC) - Paul Luehr (Stroz Friedberg) - Terrance Maguire (cmdLabs) - Ryan Pittman (US Army) - Curtis Rose (Curtis W. Rose & Associates) - Joseph Schwerha (TraceEvidence) - Dave Shaver (US Army) - Jessica Reust Smith (Stroz Friedberg) The 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. 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). KEY FEATURES

  • 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

The Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation 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. Shelving classification: Digital Forensics / Criminal Investigation

More About the Author

Eoghan Casey is an internationally recognized expert in digital forensics, incident response, data breach investigations and information security forensics. Over the past decade, he has consulted with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments in the United States, South America, and Europe on a wide range of digital investigations, including fraud, violent crimes, identity theft, and on-line criminal activity. Eoghan has helped organizations investigate and manage security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases.

In addition to his casework and writing the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Eoghan has worked as R&D Team Lead at the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) helping enhance their operational capabilities and develop new techniques and tools. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at University College Dublin, and created Smartphone Forensics courses taught worldwide. He has delivered keynotes and taught workshops around the globe on various topics related to data breach investigation, digital forensics and cyber security.

Eoghan has authored advanced technical books in his areas of expertise that are used by practitioners and universities around the world, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's International Journal of Digital Investigation.

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I had to buy it for a class at UCF but I will be keeping this one around.
Dirk E Goehring
This chapter on UNIX Forensic Analysis includes at it's beginning a very helpful explanation of the Unix and Linux worlds.
Eric Huber
Overall, I recommend reading HODFAI as an introduction to digital forensics.
Richard Bejtlich

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Huber on March 3, 2010
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This book has become one of my three "go to" books when it comes to digital forensics along with Brian Carrier's File System Forensic Analysis and Harlan Carvey's Windows Forensic Analysis DVD Toolkit, Second Edition.

Don't skip Rob Lee's excellent forward to this book. Lee crafts a very concise explanation of how the digital forensics field is growing and evolving.

Eoghan Casey's introduction further expands on the theme with a very thoughtful analysis of the current state of digital forensics and how the scientific method can and should be applied to our field. In this section, Casey begins to bring out one of the primary themes of the first portion of the book which is that there are different aspects to digital forensics that can be summarized in the three main disciplines of traditional forensic analysis, electronic discovery and intrusion investigation.

The first part of the book (chapters two through four) is devoted to exploring the three disciplines by devoting a chapter to each one. These individual chapters are exemplary overviews of each of the disciplines.

Chapter two is one of the finest overviews that I've seen regarding digital forensics. Casey and Curtis Rose provide set what will be a persistent theme in the book which imparting technical information in a very approachable manner, but also in a relatively short amount of space.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on April 18, 2010
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I've probably read and reviewed a dozen or so good digital forensics books over the last decade, and I've written a few books on that topic or related ones. The Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation (HODFAI) is a solid technical overview of multiple digital forensics disciplines. This book will introduce the reader to a variety of topics and techniques that a modern investigator is likely to apply in the enterprise. Because the book is a collection of sections by multiple authors, some of the coverage is uneven. Nevertheless, I recommend HODFAI as a single volume introduction to modern digital forensics.

Eric Huber's review nicely summarized the book's contents. Rather than write another summary, I'd like to describe how I see readers using this book. There's not quite enough information here (due to the broad coverage) to give readers a detailed idea of how to apply each of the forensic disciplines in practice. I don't see any problem with this, because each subject gets enough attention to ground the reader. For the most part, readers can get a sense of what can be done, say with embedded system analysis (ch 8), and then look for specialized coverage elsewhere. I consider this approach to be HODFAI's strength, because a reader strong in one area (like Windows forensics) will read enough about other disciplines to better understand how to approach those problems.

I offered four stars instead of five to account for a general accumulation of minor issues as I read the text. For example, ch 5 on Windows forensics seem to be a string of "and another thing... and another thing..." material. It didn't seem very coherent to me. In ch 6, I didn't see the need to print 6 1/2 pages of fls output.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Impey on May 31, 2010
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This is not another "me too book" ! Each and every chapter will expose you to valuable tips and information from the 16 digital forensic experts who author this handbook. This handbook is clearly written, well edited, to the point and full of practical information based on real world situations. I increased my basic knowledge and awareness of Mac, mobile, linux and embedded systems that I never encounter in my day job. Highly recommended !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Buzzeo on August 5, 2013
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Two of my teachers helped write this book. It's an essential for anyone becoming a computer forensics professional. I used it in my coursework quite often.
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