- Hardcover: 222 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470932406
- ISBN-13: 978-0470932407
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Investigative Computer Forensics: The Practical Guide for Lawyers, Accountants, Investigators, and Business Executives 1st Edition
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Investigative computer forensics is playing an increasingly important role in the resolution of challenges, disputes, and conflicts of every kind and in every corner of the world. Yet, for many, there is still great apprehension when contemplating leveraging these emerging technologies, preventing them from making the most of investigative computer forensics and its extraordinary potential to dissect everything from common crime to sophisticated corporate fraud.
Empowering you to make tough and informed decisions during an internal investigation, electronic discovery exercise, or while engaging the capabilities of a computer forensic professional, Investigative Computer Forensics explains the investigative computer forensic process in layman's terms that users of these services can easily digest. Computer forensic/ e-discovery expert and cybercrime investigator Erik Laykin provides readers with a cross section of information gleaned from his broad experience, covering diverse areas of knowledge and proficiency from the basics of preserving and collecting evidence through to an examination of some of the future shaping trends that these technologies are having on society.
Investigative Computer Forensics takes you step by step through:
- Issues that are present-day drivers behind the converging worlds of business, technology, law, and fraud
- Computers and networksa primer on how they work and what they are
- Computer forensic basics, including chain of custody and evidence handling
- Investigative issues to know about before hiring a forensic investigator
- Managing forensics in electronic discovery
- How cyber-firefighters defend against cybercrime and other malicious online activity
- Emerging standards of care in the handling of electronic evidence
- Trends and issues affecting the future of the information revolution and society as a whole
Thoroughly researched and practical, Investigative Computer Forensics helps youwhether attorney, judge, businessperson, or accountantprepare for the forensic computer investigative process, with a plain-English look at the complex terms, issues, and risks associated with managing electronic data in investigations and discovery.
About the Author
ERIK LAYKIN, CHFI, CEDS, is a Managing Director of Duff & Phelps, LLC and was a cofounder of its Global Electronic Discovery and Investigations practice. He focuses on large-scale international corporate investigations and high-stakes litigation issues in which computer forensics and electronic discovery play a major role. Mr. Laykin is frequently appointed as an expert witness, independent neutral, or special master in federal and state courts and has served in an advisory capacity to hundreds of corporations, law firms, and government agencies in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. As an early pioneer in the computer forensics and cybercrime field, he regularly comments on these emerging technology and business issues at industry conferences and for the media, including CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, major newspapers, and periodicals. Mr. Laykin is active in a variety of organizations including the HTCIA (High Technology Crime Investigation Association), FEWA (Forensic Expert Witness Association), ABA (American Bar Association), and is a past president (Los Angeles) and Pacific Rim director of the FBI's InfraGard Program.
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While computer forensics is certainly a core skill to bring to bear (along with lots of other tools available to IT staffs or specialized services groups), it is refreshing to see a good book for lawyers, paralegals and other private and public sector decision makers that will inevitably be faced with managing computer forensic operations, eDiscovery requests and Data Fraud issues...not to mention litigation issues that may arise later.
I enjoyed the writing style and sensibilities of the author who clearly has had extensive experience around the world in this field and provides clear, actionable guidelines to follow. For example, the first chapter talking about the "glue' that holds so many functions of business and society together like trust and privacy....provided me with a very positive personal reaction and set the tone for the rest of the book.
In summary, it helped clarify certain things for me especially in the E-Discovery and Privacy and the Data Ecosystem debate going on right now in the USA and EU.
The book is approachable in terms of size and readability, but covers plenty of ground. This allows the reader to develop a vivid understanding of tools and methods for obtaining, handling, and analyzing disputed data defensibly in investigative and e-discovery contexts. Laykin covers every topic with a sharp, engaging style, including everything from the operation of magnetic hard drives to legal proceedings, data privacy, and state-sponsored cyber-crime. The level of technical information included, combined with Laykin’s perspective based on experience, is more than sufficient to provide a regular forensic practitioner with new insights. In short, this is a really good read that presents itself like popular nonfiction while being as instructive as a textbook.