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Digital Triage Forensics: Processing the Digital Crime Scene 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1597495964
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"Syngress [is] by far the best publisher of digital forensics and general security books…I’d certainly recommend this book and after reading through it…it looks great. It’s written by the guys who coined the use of the word Triage in this context, so they know what they are talking about, and unlike many real technical books this one really does dig into the investigative techniques that should be used at the crime scene, including quite an interesting analysis of ‘Battlefield Crime Scenes’, where a triage approach is by far the only way to successfully approach the forensics problem." –Tony Campbell, Publisher, Digital Forensics Magazine

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Digital Triage Forensics (DTF) is a procedural model for the investigation of digital crime scenes including both traditional crime scenes and the more complex battlefield crime scenes. The U.S. Army and other traditional police agencies use this model for current digital forensic applications. The tools, training, and techniques from this practice are being brought to the public in this book for the first time. Now corporations, law enforcement, and consultants can benefit from the unique perspectives of the experts who coined Digital Triage Forensics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597495964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597495967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,308,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to preface this review by saying my criticism of this book should not be taken as criticism of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line fighting for our freedom in Southwest Asia (SWA). I'm reviewing the book "Digital Triage Forensics" (DTF), not the people who wrote it or the people who rely on the concepts therein.

DTF is a misleading, disappointing book. The subtitle is "processing the digital crime scene." The back cover says "the expert's model for investigating cyber crimes," and it claims "now corporations, law enforcement, and consultants can benefit from the unique perspectives of the experts who pioneered DTF." That sounds promising, right? It turns out that DTF is essentially a handbook for Weapon Intelligence Teams (WITs) who deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan to collect battlefield intelligence before and after Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) detonate! I cannot fathom why Syngress published this book, when the intended audience probably numbers in the dozens. Unless you need to learn the basics of how to collect cell phones and hard drive images to provide "actionable intelligence" to warfighters, you can avoid reading DTF.

I don't buy the argument that a book written for WIT members is going to apply to the civilian world. The authors make no apology for their claims that civilian operators have it easy, compared to the 5-10 minutes a WIT member has on the ground, perhaps under enemy fire or under the threat of enemy fire. If the authors wrote the book to say "here are lessons to use in your environment, based on what we learned in our environment," I could understand the argument. Instead, DTF says "here is the WIT environment, and here's how to operate within it -- WIT newbie.
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This is an interesting book that will most likely not be helpful to many people. What I mean by this is that Digital Triage Forensics (DTF) is about responding to a battlefield scene and preserving the evidence, while getting valuable intel as quickly as possibly. Performing exams on the battlefield isn't something you're going to do unless you want to get shot by a sniper, mortared, etc., so the standard Computer Forensic Field Triage Process Model (CFFTPM), is not the best choice, which is why DTF has been developed.

Chapter 4 Using the DTF Model to Process Digital Media has some nice information in it for someone looking to for introductory material to the computer forensics field. DTF explains the differences between physical and logical drives with a library analogy, the hardware needed to conduct an exam, and some software available for use to help throughout the exam. The material is delivered in an easy to understand manner, but again, it's basic.

Chapter 5 Using the DTF Model to Collect and Process Cell Phones and SIM Cards was a decent chapter on cell phone collections, but again, no ground breaking research here. There are some tools covered that show they are certainly worthy of being mentioned, such as the HTCI Isolation Chamber. However, there is not much presented here that is not covered in the introduction level books to mobile forensics.

Nitpicking: This section is to just list some small complaints I have with the book. DTF uses many acronyms and if you're not familiar with the terms already, you may get them mixed up or just plain forget their meaning; some examples would include WIT, WTI, CEXC, LRCT, IDIP, DCSA, AOR, TTP, CITP, NGIC, INSCOM, NCOIC. The examples mentioned were from four pages I randomly flipped to.
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With a constantly changing world in the specialized world of Digital Forensics, one thing is the basics don't change. Criminal elements and terrorists reign strong in this Digital realm. This book gives us an understanding into making an impact via Forensics into this realm. Everyone who reads this book will gain great insight - not just those in the warfighter theater. Stephen Pearson and Richard Watson do an excellent job in making the model for Digital Forensics understandable and useable. A must read for anyone concerned with doing Forensics right!
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This book is by far the most interesting forensics book I have read to date, why? Because in is not just all technical and you get to learn about how our military uses digital forensics in their work defending our nation. The basics of Forensics have not changed too much in years and this book does a great job explaining the basics. If you are just getting into computer forensics, this book will teach you the basics. If you enjoy reading and learning about our military and the outstanding things they are doing for us overseas, you will enjoy this book. A great combination of technical teachings in the area of computer forensics and interesting stories of some of our nations bravest forensic examiners!
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By Tom Eskridge on September 12, 2012
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Have read the book and believe it to be very helpful. While set in the battle environment, the book gives excellent direction on how to quickly and efficiently collect and analyze digital media. Perhaps some will need to think outside the box, and not take the military slant to the book so literally.

In today's world, virtually all examinations are Triage at some level. Back in the day when MB where the way you counted storage, full and complete exams were very doable. (At the bit level with a hex editor). We have blown through MB and GB and now on to TB data sizes. Triage is the way of the future, and this book is an example of the path in that direction.
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