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Completely Updated with the Latest Techniques—Contains All-New Forensics Content and Real-World Scenarios

"An insider's look at the legal, procedural and technical steps of computer forensics and analysis." —Information Security magazine

"This book is an absolute must-read for anyone who plays a role in responding to computer security events." —Marc J. Zwillinger, former trial attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property

"An excellent resource for information on how to respond to computer intrusions and conduct forensic investigations." —Network Magazine

"If your job requires you to review the contents of a computer system for evidence of unauthorized or unlawful activities, this is the book for you. The authors, through real-world experiences, demonstrate both technically and procedurally the right way to perform computer forensics and respond to security incidents." —Howard A. Schmidt, Former Special Advisor for Cyber Security, White House, and former Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Corp.

New and Updated Material:

  • New real-world scenarios throughout
  • The latest methods for collecting live data and investigating Windows and UNIX systems
  • Updated information on forensic duplication
  • New chapter on emergency network security monitoring
  • New chapter on corporate evidence handling procedures
  • New chapter on data preparation with details on hard drive interfaces and data storage principles
  • New chapter on data extraction and analysis
  • The latest techniques for analyzing network traffic
  • Up-to-date methods for investigating and assessing hacker tools

Foreword by former FBI Special Agent Scott Larson

"An insider's look at the legal procedural and technical steps of computer forensics and analysis. Contains all-new forensics content and real-world scenarios." -- Cover.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072226966
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Series: Security Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Prosise, VP of Consulting at Foundstone, is a recognized network security expert with extensive experience in attack and penetration testing and incident response. Chris has led government and commercial security teams on missions worldwide, from sensitive incident response missions on Top Secret government networks to comprehensive security assessments on some of the world's largest corporations. Chris is a featured speaker at multiple security conferences such as Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). Chris is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches a class on Incident Response.

Kevin Mandia, Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone, is a well-recognized forensics and incident response expert. Kevin leads Foundstone’s premiere incident response and forensics services, delivering consulting and training services to Foundstone's clients. Prior to joining Foundstone, Kevin was a Special Agent with AFOSI specializing in computer intrusion cases. Upon leaving the AFOSI, Kevin developed a computer intrusion response course specifically designed at the request of the FBI. Kevin trained over 400 FBI agents as well as personnel from the State Department, the CIA, NASA, the U.S. Postal Service, the Air Force, and other Government Agencies.

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Table of Contents

1 Real-World Incidents 3
2 Introduction to the Incident Response Process 11
3 Preparing for Incident Response 33
4 After Detection of an Incident 75
5 Live Data Collection from Windows Systems 95
6 Live Data Collection from Unix Systems 125
7 Forensic Duplication 151
8 Collecting Network-based Evidence 173
9 Evidence Handling 197
10 Computer System Storage Fundamentals 217
11 Data Analysis Techniques 239
12 Investigating Windows Systems 291
13 Investigating Unix Systems 335
14 Analyzing Network Traffic 359
15 Investigating Hacker Tools 385
16 Investigating Routers 415
17 Writing Computer Forensic Reports 435
A: Answers to Questions 457
B Incident Response Forms 481
Index 491
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