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Computer Forensics For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Uncover a digital trail of e-evidence by using the helpful, easy-to-understand information in Computer Forensics For Dummies! Professional and armchair investigators alike can learn the basics of computer forensics, from digging out electronic evidence to solving the case. You won’t need a computer science degree to master e-discovery. Find and filter data in mobile devices, e-mail, and other Web-based technologies.

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Overview

Uncover a digital trail of e-evidence by using the helpful, easy-to-understand information in Computer Forensics For Dummies! Professional and armchair investigators alike can learn the basics of computer forensics, from digging out electronic evidence to solving the case. You won’t need a computer science degree to master e-discovery. Find and filter data in mobile devices, e-mail, and other Web-based technologies.

You’ll learn all about e-mail and Web-based forensics, mobile forensics, passwords and encryption, and other e-evidence found through VoIP, voicemail, legacy mainframes, and databases. You’ll discover how to use the latest forensic software, tools, and equipment to find the answers that you’re looking for in record time. When you understand how data is stored, encrypted, and recovered, you’ll be able to protect your personal privacy as well. By the time you finish reading this book, you’ll know how to:

  • Prepare for and conduct computer forensics investigations
  • Find and filter data
  • Protect personal privacy
  • Transfer evidence without contaminating it
  • Anticipate legal loopholes and opponents’ methods
  • Handle passwords and encrypted data
  • Work with the courts and win the case

Plus, Computer Forensics for Dummies includes lists of things that everyone interested in computer forensics should know, do, and build. Discover how to get qualified for a career in computer forensics, what to do to be a great investigator and expert witness, and how to build a forensics lab or toolkit.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470457832
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 476,837
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Volonino (PhD, MBA, CISSP, ACFE) is a computer forensic investigator and expert witness with Robson Forensic, Inc. and a member of InfraGard.

Reynaldo Anzaldua (MBA, CISSP, EnCE, CHFI, IBM I-Series) teaches computer forensics and information security at South Texas College and works with private organizations and government agencies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Digging Out and Documenting Electronic Evidence.

Chapter 1: Knowing What Your Digital Devices Create, Capture, and Pack Away — Until Revelation Day.

Chapter 2: Suiting Up for a Lawsuit or Criminal Investigation.

Chapter 3: Getting Authorized to Search and Seize.

Chapter 4: Documenting and Managing the Crime Scene.

Part II: Preparing to Crack the Case.

Chapter 5: Minding and Finding the Loopholes.

Chapter 6: Acquiring and Authenticating E-Evidence.

Chapter 7: Examining E-Evidence.

Chapter 8: Extracting Hidden Data.

Part III: Doing Computer Forensic Investigations.

Chapter 9: E-Mail and Web Forensics.

Chapter 10: Data Forensics.

Chapter 11: Document Forensics.

Chapter 12: Mobile Forensics.

Chapter 13: Network Forensics.

Chapter 14: Investigating X-Files: eXotic Forensics.

Part IV: Succeeding in Court.

Chapter 15: Holding Up Your End at Pretrial.

Chapter 16: Winning a Case Before You Go to Court.

Chapter 17: Standing Your Ground in Court.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Get Qualifi ed and Prepped for Success.

Chapter 19: Ten Tactics of an Excellent Investigator and a Dangerous Expert Witness.

Chapter 20: Ten Cool Tools for Computer Forensics.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    Computer Forensics for Dummies

    With the book selling so well, our publisher at Wiley has asked the authors to post a welcome review for all the customers who have bought Computer Forensics for Dummies. Feel free to send any comments or questions, especially if you find something we need to improve or change. For those of you thinking about purchasing this book as your entry into computer forensics: thank you for considering our book as your first choice!<BR/><BR/>In the last four months I have been "on the road" doing book signings and interviews for various news outlets and the response has been incredible. The number one question most people have is, "Do I have to be a technical person to understand computer forensics?" The short answer is no, but let me explain before expert computer forensic investigators start throwing things at their monitor!!<BR/><BR/>To understand the concepts of how computer forensics works requires no technical knowledge beyond knowing basic parts of a computer such as storage devices, memory types such as RAM or ROM, and conceptually how data is stored in todays computers. <BR/><BR/>Having said that, in order to be a technical expert in computer forensics you absolutely must be a technical expert with regards to how computers work! Think of it this way, I can understand the concepts of how open heart surgery works, but if I need to actually do the surgery I need to be a technical expert in the field of surgery. At least I hope this is how it works with open heart surgery...<BR/><BR/>The second thing I tell people interested in the field is that they must have a very large curiosity streak. Some of the best forensic investigators I know are always asking themselves who, what, when, where, and why! Like most things in life, if your personality fits the type of job you do, more than likely you will be very good at your job and enjoy it. Forensic investigators that love to ask questions and dig until they find what they are looking for are by far the happiest and most skilled in our industry.<BR/><BR/>Again, thanks for purchasing the book or at least considering our book and don't hesitate if you have any questions or concerns!!!

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