- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (March 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597499854
- ISBN-13: 978-1597499859
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard: Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects 1st Edition
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"The knowledge of the technologies and investigative procedures is broad, solid, and current. The claims are realistic and modest...the book makes a useful text for an introductory or refresher course in the investigation of cyber crimes..." --Computing Reviews, October 2014
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Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard is the definitive book on conducting a complete investigation of a cybercrime using digital forensics techniques as well as physical investigative procedures. This book merges a digital analysis examiner's work with the work of a case investigator in order to build a solid case to identify and prosecute cybercriminals.
Brett Shavers links traditional investigative techniques with high tech crime analysis in a manner that not only determines elements of crimes, but also places the suspect at the keyboard. This book is a first in combining investigative strategies of digital forensics analysis processes alongside physical investigative techniques in which the reader will gain a holistic approach to their current and future cybercrime investigations.
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Author Shavers, begins by reminding you that depending upon the type of digital evidence, the type of investigation, and whether the suspect has been already identified, the manner of collection of the data will differ. In addition, the author discusses the questions that are needed for interrogations that are related to computer-related investigations. He then focuses on physical investigations, detailing only those points that are useful in supporting currently available electronic evidence, or finding additional sources of electronic evidence. The author then, covers the principles of extracting and interpreting digital evidence that can help place the suspect behind the keyboard. Next, he shows you how to identify the suspect; as well as, eliminating possible suspects by helping to develop your investigative mindset. In addition, the author introduces several methods, which may allow you to see inferences as you manage the information in your case. He continues by discussing methods of presenting electronic evidence for a variety of audiences. Then, the author shows you how to use reference materials as a constant reminder of staying the course in a case of placing the suspect behind the keyboard. Next, he discusses how technological changes make it easier for digital forensics and the investigator's ability to place a suspect behind a keyboard; and, how other times, these changes can make it difficult or impossible. In addition, the author shows you advanced techniques to search for information beyond simply using a search engine. Finally, he shows you a collection of briefed examples across a wide range of case studies.
Although the theme of this most excellent book primarily supports criminal investigations, many of the same methods and processes can be used in civil litigation and internal corporate matters. Perhaps more importantly, the principles presented in this great book are meant to be principles, not an absolute checklist, but a guide.
For my consulting work, I dabble a bit in forensics, but only what I am good at with the rest being subcontracted to experts (if it's Windows, I can do it, Mac, I'd rather not). There have been a few cases where I have been retained by law firms that either the defendant or plaintiff denied committing alleged acts of theft or malicious computer behavior. Almost all of these cases, the suspects have blamed others in their offices or homes or hackers. After reading this book, I finally got the big picture of how to get enough evidence, both electronic and other types of evidence, to affirmatively place the suspect at the keyboard, at the time of the incident.
I really liked the cheat sheets, the case management and presentation ideas, and the detailed actual case studies. The book took me through the entire process of case management, from start to end, with more advice and tips than I expected. When I say I finally get the big picture, I mean that in a way that I can see how police experience with investigating crimes can be a big benefit in civil litigation. I recommend this book to attorneys who deal in cyber related cases and any digital forensics examiner who could use a dozen tips about looking at the big picture and using investigative methods I would have never thought of.
Since the book is not heavy on technical descriptions, I thought I would not get as much benefit, but there were more references to describe forensics to make up for a lack in technical details. I can see why the book was written the way it was written. It really can benefit a wide audience from the examiner to the lawyer in court.
I enjoyed the book as an entertaining read that gave well needed information.
I liked the section of questioning a suspect. I found it to be entertaining as well as informative. The discussion of physical and electronic surveillance provided for interesting reading as well. The author was careful to point out the dangers of doing a sloppy job resulting in innocent people being wrongfully accused. The book is centered around the Windows operating system with mentions of Mac and Linux. This should not be a surprise given the number of Windows users when compared to other operating systems. The case studies also provided interesting reading.
I read this book on my Kindle Touch and the graphics were to small to be of any use. Reading a PDF version on the computer eliminates that problem. I will recommend the book with the following caveats. I feel this book will be highly useful to a very narrow audience of legal professionals involved with cyber-crime. Others may enjoy reading it from a curiosity standpoint. It does not contain hands on digital forensics information, however there are links that may prove useful in that regard.
Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy for review.