- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (September 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159749643X
- ISBN-13: 978-1597496438
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is so much valuable information contained within this book that I found it was difficult to put down once I started it…Digital evidence is here to stay and the management of that evidence has been made easier to understand with Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals." --Law Technology News, May 2012
"No competent lawyer is foolish enough not to appreciate the pervasiveness of digital evidence, or that digital forensics requires mastery far beyond his ken. Larry Daniels’ book provides the most comprehensive, nuts and bolts resource for trial lawyers on digital forensics. This isn’t the sort of book to skim and stick on the shelf, but to keep on our desk because we’ll need it that often. This is part of the trial lawyer’s bible." --Scott H. Greenfield, Criminal Defense Attorney, New York City
"This isn't your stock standard book focusing on how to do digital forensics, it's an innovative text focusing on preparing technical and legal professionals for dealing with litigation. This is a must-have addition to anyone's digital forensic/legal library." --Jonathan T. Rajewski, Professor of Digital Forensics, Champlain College
"There is so much valuable information contained within this book that I found it was difficult to put down once I started it. Its readability is excellent and I could directly and immediately apply the book's lessons to my day-to-day work within technology, project management, and electronic discovery. As I was finishing the final two chapters, an attorney came to me with a case project that included a digital evidence acquisition with multiple cell phones and, lo-and-behold, I was equipped to speak to the process of the data acquisition and intelligently begin the project due to this book. Digital evidence is here to stay and the management of that evidence has been made easier to understand with Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals." --Law Technology News
From the Back Cover
Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals is a guide to digital technology forensics in plain language. In the authors’ years of experience in working with attorneys as digital forensics experts, common questions arise. This book answers those questions in a clear language that is understandable by non-technical people. The authors offer clear explanations of technical concepts such as unallocated space, forensic copies, timeline artifacts and metadata in layman’s terms – making these concepts accessible to students, attorneys, judges, paralegals and corporate managers.
This book also explains how to determine what evidence to ask for, evidence that could be discoverable, and methods for obtaining it, including examples of relevant subpoena and motion language. Additionally, this book provides the right way to select a qualified expert, what to expect from a qualified expert, and how to properly use experts before and during trial.
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I work in IT security, and this is one of the most helpful books I've read in quite some time. It helps me understand what attorneys look for and how to use what amounts to "best practices." I've also learned about a few good tools as well. If you're a security manager, you need to buy this book.
For attorneys, even non-technical ones, this book is extremely valuable. It provides quality explanations that aren't jargon-laden, and has lots of current case law references. If you're going after any sort of digital evidence for any reason, then this book should live on your desk.
This book is a page turner, and that's not any slight against the book. It's filled with lots of information that you'll want to keep easily accessible for handy references.
The title is Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals "Understanding Digital Evidence from the Warrant to the Courtroom" but it's bordering on misnamed. It should read "Digital Forensics for Anyone who might have to deal with data-centric legal issues" (Yah, that's a crappy name too, but you get the idea).
The two authors, Larry E. Daniel and Lars E. Daniel clearly work in this area as their primary occupation (which is noteworthy b/c there are lots of forensics books by people who got exposed mainly through learning network diagnostics. The authors seem to come from the exact opposite perspective which is why the focus is on the legal aspects). They have several certifications specific to the field and have both worked as expert witnesses. The whole book is dripping with real world suggestions which is one thing that makes it such a good read.
As a slight digression, one would expect this book to be about the data gathering process and how to evaluate that data, and it is. But I mentioned it's 'dripping with real world suggestions' and here's what I mean. Section 2 (Chapters 7 -13) Deals exclusively with Expert Witnesses. Chapter 11 is fairly small, but it's a discussion of the "Approaches by Different Types of Examiners" Most lawyers aren't even familiar with digital evidence and there aren't a ton of digital forensic experts, so explaining the different approaches is very helpful. Chapter 12 goes into "Spotting a Problem Expert". There are a ton of cases where innocent people have been convicted b/c of the false reports of expert witnesses. Valid or not, Juries will frequently defer completely to what the State's expert witnesses say. And many are very unqualified and many make statements they simply can't back up with science. Understanding how to detect and deal with such witnesses (whether they're working for you or against you) can literally mean the difference between walking free and being convicted. The discussion is finished by Chapter 13 "Qualifying an Expert in Court". A lot of what's there might appear to be 'common sense' AFTER you've read it, but I've personally been involved in several digital forensics cases where neither party asked any of these questions (other than 'Where did you go to school', "What Degree do you have"). And although it doesn't happen until Chapter 25, there's a chapter that discusses Obtaining Expert Funding in Indigent Cases. If you've dealt with the legal system before you know it's not cheap. Attorney's fees alone can be crushing. Additionally, you can't count on police officers refraining from opining about things they aren't qualified to talk about (or any other person in the process). So what if someone (who's unqualified to do so) claims you've done X or that Y came from your machine? If they are a public employee, that fact alone will carry with it a certain authority with the jury. Since there aren't an abundance of Forensics experts in the market and you may well have to look to other cities to find one, what do you do if you aren't wealthy? Like everything else they discuss, you won't have any question left unanswered after reading this book.
So circling back around to the beginning, the first 6 chapters set the ground work for everything else. 'Digital Forensics: The Subdisciplines' (Chapter 3), "The Foundations of Digital Forensics: Best Practices" (Chapter 4), 'Overview of Digital Forensics Tools" (Chapter 5) and "Digital Forensics at Work in the Legal System" (Chapter 6) all serve to get the reader acquainted with Digital Forensics and the big picture issues surrounding the subject. Section 2 (discussed in the last paragraph ) delves deeply into discussion of Expert Witnesses and how to deal with them.
Chapter 3 then moves on to "Motions and Discovery". This is such an important section even if you're not a lawyer. If you own a business, what sorts of things should you record? How long should you record it? What are you actually compelled to produce? What does the discovery process look like? What all can be covered under a subpoena? What sorts of things should you be monitoring? What sorts of things could be exposing you to liability?
The rest of the book talks about everything from Multiplayer online games to social media sites and what sorts of things they collect. Along those lines, they discuss what can be used against you (or for you if you're innocent). I'm a software developer and consultant and know my art quite well, but even with that background I learned quite a bit from their discussion of types of digital evidence.
in any case, I bought 3 copies of the book afterward to give to friends who are in the field I liked it so much. I also started to consider obtaining the training and certifications they authors discuss b/c it would certainly be useful and as a field, it can only grow as 'The Cloud' proliferates and social networks grow. I'm very glad I came across this book and have found it extremely useful in my own life. The authors did a great job and it fits right in with the other excellent Syngress books on digital security.
The book goes well beyond the scope that I was expecting, too. It includes information on how digital forensics can be used with social media, finding files and photos files on computers that have been erased, how to hire the right expert to do the work for you (if you're an attorney, those pages alone are worth owning the book) and then takes you through preserving evidence, presenting it to get warrants, using the evidence in court, etc. It really is a fascinating book and I'm sure every writer in Hollywood will be buying a copy. It is an excellent writer's reference tool--and the only one like it that I could find.
A good read on a somewhat obscure subject and I'm sure it's destined to be the classic text on the subject. I just hope the publisher is willing to have it updated every few years--it's certainly worth the effort.
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