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Dave Kleiman (CAS, CCE, CIFI, CISM, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, MCSE) has worked in the Information Technology Security sector since 1990. Currently, he is the owner of SecurityBreachResponse.com, and is the Chief Information Security Officer for Securit-e-Doc, Inc. Before starting this position, he was Vice President of Technical Operations at Intelliswitch, Inc., where he supervised an international telecommunications and Internet service provider network. Dave is a recognized security expert. A former Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer, he specializes in computer forensic investigations, incident response, intrusion analysis, security audits, and secure network infrastructures. He has written several secure installation and configuration guides about Microsoft technologies that are used by network professionals. He has developed a Windows Operating System lockdown tool, S-Lok (www.s-doc.com/products/slok.asp ), which surpasses NSA, NIST, and Microsoft Common Criteria Guidelines. Dave was a contributing author to Microsoft Log Parser Toolkit (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 1-932266-52-6). He is frequently a speaker at many national security conferences and is a regular contributor to many security-related newsletters, Web sites, and Internet forums. Dave is a member of several organizations, including the International Association of Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners® (ISFCE), Information Systems Audit and Control Association® (ISACA), High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Network and Systems Professionals Association (NaSPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB), and ASIS International®. He is also a Secure Member and Sector Chief for Information Technology at The FBI’s InfraGard® and a Member and Director of Education at the International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597491977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597491976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wynne on November 2, 2008
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I purchased this book in August as one of the pieces for my self training for the computer forensics discipline. I purchased it with the intent of downloading the PDF version and putting it on my Amazon Kindle so I could easily carry the book with me. I've been very satisfied with the content, especially the numerous links to related material. Mr. Kleiman brought together a group of people each of whom made a significant contribution to an excellent product.

As one reviewer has noted, there are weaknesses, especially in the proofreading and editing. This reflects on the publisher rather than the author as I'll detail below this. I can easily get past those weaknesses because this isn't a literary work.

As it turns out, the weaknesses were not caused by Mr. Kleiman or the other contributors to the book. In the process of acquiring the PDF that was to be included in the purchase price I learned that Syngress has been having problems, probably financially based, for quite some time. This resulted in delivering products that had not been fully prepared as was the case with this book. Mr. Kleiman as an author submitted in good faith a book to be proofread, edited and published. He provided content that easily justified the price of the book and expected Syngress to fine tune the product before releasing it.

Several days after purchasing the book I made my first of several attempts to contact Syngress and download my promised PDF copy. After several phone calls and emails I realized I was wasting my time. I then sent an email to David Kleiman and at about the same time I learned that Syngress had closed their doors and was being taken over by Elsevier. Mr. Kleiman and I exchanged emails for a month or so as he worked with the kind folks at Elsevier to get the PDF to me.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lumpus on May 28, 2008
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Rarely have I seen less information in so many pages. This book is poorly organized, riddled with inaccuracies and typos, and appears hopelessly outdated in many cases. (Frequent references to floppy disks and MS-DOS make me wonder where these authors have been since, oh, 1994).

Here's a clear example of the slovenliness of the book and its editors. The summary of the "PDA, Blackberry, and iPod Forensics" chapter contains no reference to the iPod. Obviously, the iPod section was added later, and no one thought to update the summary section.

Here's another example. The "PDA Investigative Tips" section advises the would-be investigator to leave the device in the "off" state, then immediately "switch on the device". Apparently, switching the device on leaves it in the off state. The book is full of nonsense like this.

The final straw for me, though, is the beginning of Chapter 13, which purports to examine forensic tools (hardware and software). The author of this chapter openly states that the chapter is "heavily based on the assertions of the vendors who make the products." In other words, they just slapped together a bunch of sales literature, and are not providing any real-world experience with, or observations of, the products. Well, at least they're honest about their laziness and lack of experience.

I have worked in the IT field for over 25 years now, and I have read many, many technical and instructional books. This is definitely one of the worst. Buy something else if you want to learn about forensics. I recommend "File System Forensic Analysis", by Brian Carrier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Steward on April 18, 2008
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Im currently enrolled to go to school for computer forencsics, however i dont start until september i wanted a book to jumpstart me in the field before i start classes to get familiar with the subject. I wanted a study guide to teach me the basics and i couldnt have gotten a better book. The Official CHFI study guide is exactly what i wanted and needed and now im more excited then ever to start classes in the fall. Very satisfied with my purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert on April 3, 2008
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I found this book to be very complete, the CHFI exam still seems to be in its preliminary stages however this exam along with the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) Certification seem to be the only non-software dependent certifications. This book once purchased can also be downloaded as a pdf from the website. Cover all tools including encase, sleuthkit, paraben's network email examiner, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on March 4, 2012
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Short, quick, and to the point. This study guide is not what I'd expected. A study guide presents basic/core items and briefly expands on them short explanations. This is an exhaustive guide. I was hoping for a stripped down product, with tests, perfect for those last few days of preparation prior to an exam.
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My experience with the official CHFI courseware straight from EC-Council was a disaster, to say the least. While I learned a lot about the subject matter, the books and online course were both full of errors ranging from annoying grammatical errors to the actual answers on the quizzes being incorrect (not helpful when you are studying for a certification exam). I put off buying this study guide because I had already spent $1300 on the course, but it got to the point where I didn't feel comfortable taking the exam because the official material was so overwhelming and disorganized. I felt I had no choice but to fork over another $50-$60 for something that might give me a better idea of what I needed to focus on for the test.

When I got the study guide, I was relieved. FINALLY, something organized. However, I noticed that the copyright date was 2007, and there was no version number to be found anywhere. I contacted EC-Council and was advised that this official, endorsed study guide was actually for version 3, not 4. So once again, I'm going into this test without a firm grasp of what's actually covered.

That being said, this book actually covers a lot of material and is a good introduction to computer forensics investigations. I'm sure a lot of the material from v3 to v4 is similar, so it's not a total loss. It's organized very well, but compared to the EC-Council books, I could throw this book into a tornado and still be able to piece it together better than their information.

I would give this four stars as a general reference book and introduction to the field. It's definitely giving me a good foundation for the exam, and I'm sure I'll be using it as a reference book in the future. So, four stars for material - three stars for not being current. Syngress really should update this ASAP.
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