Get up and running with collecting evidence using forensics best practices to present your findings in judicial or administrative proceedings
- Learn the core techniques of computer forensics to acquire and secure digital evidence skillfully
- Conduct a digital forensic examination and document the digital evidence collected
- Perform a variety of Windows forensic investigations to analyze and overcome complex challenges
A computer forensics investigator must possess a variety of skills, including the ability to answer legal questions, gather and document evidence, and prepare for an investigation. This book will help you get up and running with using digital forensic tools and techniques to investigate cybercrimes successfully.
Starting with an overview of forensics and all the open source and commercial tools needed to get the job done, you’ll learn core forensic practices for searching databases and analyzing data over networks, personal devices, and web applications. You’ll then learn how to acquire valuable information from different places, such as filesystems, e-mails, browser histories, and search queries, and capture data remotely. As you advance, this book will guide you through implementing forensic techniques on multiple platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and macOS, to demonstrate how to recover valuable information as evidence. Finally, you’ll get to grips with presenting your findings efficiently in judicial or administrative proceedings.
By the end of this book, you’ll have developed a clear understanding of how to acquire, analyze, and present digital evidence like a proficient computer forensics investigator.
What you will learn
- Understand investigative processes, the rules of evidence, and ethical guidelines
- Recognize and document different types of computer hardware
- Understand the boot process covering BIOS, UEFI, and the boot sequence
- Validate forensic hardware and software
- Discover the locations of common Windows artifacts
- Document your findings using technically correct terminology
Who this book is for
If you’re an IT beginner, student, or an investigator in the public or private sector this book is for you. This book will also help professionals and investigators who are new to incident response and digital forensics and interested in making a career in the cybersecurity domain. Individuals planning to pass the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certification will also find this book useful.
Table of Contents
- Types of Computer-Based Investigations
- The Forensic Analysis Process
- Acquisition of Evidence
- Computer Systems
- Computer Investigation Process
- Windows Artifact Analysis
- RAM Memory Forensic Analysis
- Email Forensics – Investigation Techniques
- Internet Artifacts
- Report Writing
- Expert Witness Ethics