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2nd Edition

Digital Forensics Explained

Edited By

Greg Gogolin

ISBN 9780367503437
Published April 12, 2021 by CRC Press
254 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book covers the full life cycle of conducting a mobile and computer digital forensic examination, including planning and performing an investigation as well as report writing and testifying. Case reviews in corporate, civil, and criminal situations are also described from both prosecution and defense perspectives.

Digital Forensics Explained, Second Edition draws from years of experience in local, state, federal, and international environments and highlights the challenges inherent in deficient cyber security practices. Topics include the importance of following the scientific method and verification, legal and ethical issues, planning an investigation (including tools and techniques), incident response, case project management and authorization, social media and internet, cloud, anti-forensics, link and visual analysis, and psychological considerations.

The book is a valuable resource for the academic environment, law enforcement, those in the legal profession, and those working in the cyber security field. Case reviews include cyber security breaches, anti-forensic challenges, child exploitation, and social media investigations.


Greg Gogolin, PhD, CISSP, is a Professor of Information Security and Intelligence at Ferris State University and a licensed Professional Investigator. He has worked more than 100 cases in criminal, civil, and corporate environments.

Table of Contents

1. What is digital forensics, and what should you know about it? 2. Digital forensic approaches and best practices 3. Digital forensics tool kit 4. Internet and e-mail examinations 5. Mobile forensics 6. Cloud computing and digital forensics 7. Law enforcement incident response 8. Report writing and presentation 9. Social media forensics 10. Social engineering forensics 11. Anti-forensics 12. Link and visual analysis 13. Psychological, ethical, and cultural implications of digital forensics 14. Someone is watching 15. The realities of digital forensic practice

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Greg Gogolin, PhD, CISSP, is a father as well as a distinguished Professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Greg spent almost 20 years in IT before becoming a Professor at Ferris State University in 1999. While at Ferris State University, he has been the primary author of the Bachelor of Science degree in Information Security and Intelligence and the Master of Science in Information Security and Intelligence. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar twice. Prior to Ferris, he worked as a programmer, database administrator, systems analyst, and project manager at small and multinational corporations. Dr. Gogolin actively consults in IT, and is a licensed Private Investigator specializing in digital forensics cases. He has degrees in Arts, Computer Information Systems, Applied Biology, Computer Information Systems Management, and Administration, and holds a doctorate from Michigan State University. He has current CISSP, EnCE, and PMP certifications, and is particularly thankful to have the opportunity to teach some of the brightest students in the world in the Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Intelligence and Master of Science in Information Systems Management programs at Ferris State University in Michigan.

Dr. Gogolin has published in Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective, Digital Investigations, Digital Forensic Practice, as well as chapter contributions for IGI Global’s Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges, Virtual Worlds and E-Commerce: Technologies and Applications for Building Customer Relationships, and Nova Science Publisher’s Crime Rates, Types, and Hot Spots, as well as other periodicals. He has presented at many conferences and collaborates on information security and digital forensic issues worldwide. His current research interest is a National Science Foundation funded inquiry into the recovery of data from damaged media. He has taught digital forensic in four continents and has trained and worked with cybercrime units of the Policía De Investigaciones De Chile and the Policía Nacional del Perú.