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1st Edition

Digital Forensics Explained

Edited By

Greg Gogolin

ISBN 9781439874950
Published December 3, 2012 by Auerbach Publications
198 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The field of computer forensics has experienced significant growth recently and those looking to get into the industry have significant opportunity for upward mobility. Focusing on the concepts investigators need to know to conduct a thorough investigation, Digital Forensics Explained provides an overall description of the forensic practice from a practitioner’s perspective.

Starting with an overview, the text describes best practices based on the author’s decades of experience conducting investigations and working in information technology. It illustrates the forensic process, explains what it takes to be an investigator, and highlights emerging trends. Filled with helpful templates and contributions from seasoned experts in their respective fields, the book includes coverage of:

  • Internet and email investigations
  • Mobile forensics for cell phones, iPads, music players, and other small devices
  • Cloud computing from an architecture perspective and its impact on digital forensics
  • Anti-forensic techniques that may be employed to make a forensic exam more difficult to conduct
  • Recoverability of information from damaged media
  • The progression of a criminal case from start to finish
  • Tools that are often used in an examination, including commercial, free, and open-source tools; computer and mobile tools; and things as simple as extension cords
  • Social media and social engineering forensics
  • Case documentation and presentation, including sample summary reports and a cover sheet for a cell phone investigation

The text includes acquisition forms, a sequential process outline to guide your investigation, and a checklist of supplies you’ll need when responding to an incident. Providing you with the understanding and the tools to deal with suspects who find ways to make their digital activities hard to trace, the book also considers cultural implications, ethics, and the psychological effects that digital forensics investigations can have on investigators.

Table of Contents

What Is Digital Forensics and What Should You Know about It?
Forensic Science
     What Does It Take to Be a Digital Forensic Investigator?
Educational Opportunities 
     What Opportunities Are There for Digital Forensic Investigators? 
     What Are the Trends and Challenges in Digital Forensics? 
     Resources Available to Digital Forensic Investigators

Digital Forensic Approaches and Best Practices
First Response
Responding to a Case
Other Useful References

Digital Forensics Tool Kit
Computer Forensics
Write Blockers
Add-Ons and Other Technologies
Mobile Forensics Tools
Visual Analysis
Secured Storage
Damaged Media

Internet and E-Mail Examinations
Chat and Messaging Logs
Peer to Peer
Search Engine Activity
Internet History
Social Networking and Gaming
Malware and Viruses

Mobile Forensics
Mobile Phone Technology
How a Call Is Made
Forensic Challenges
Forensic Process
Digital Cell Phone Investigation
Geographic Positioning Systems
Cellular Communications Technology Overview

Cloud Computing and Digital Forensics, Prof. Gerald Emerick
Infrastructure as a Service
Platform as a Service
Software as a Service
Service and Deployment Models
Customer versus Cloud Provider Responsibilities
Other Service Models
User Access and Provisioning
Data Protection and Breaches
Information Technology and Information Security Governance and Change Control Processes
Service Access Vulnerabilities
Migration Planning
Incident Response
Security Benefits of Cloud

Incident Response,
Det . Jason Otting
Case Summary
The Initiation of an Investigation
Evidence Gathering
Interviews and the Analyzing of Evidence
Analyzing the Electronic Evidence
Prosecution and Testimony
Things to Consider

Report Writing and Presentation
Report Content and Considerations
Sample Reports
Presenting and Testifying

Social Media Forensics, Dr. Barbara L. Ciaramitaro
Introduction to Social Media 
     Social Networking 
     Event Coordination 
     Location Identification 
     Multimedia Sharing
     Web Conferencing 
     Virtual Worlds
Social Media Forensics 
     Street Gangs 
     Terrorist Activity 
     White Collar Crimes

Social Engineering Forensics, Dr. Barbara L. Ciaramitaro
Introduction to Social Engineering
     Online Social Engineering Attacks
     Telephone Social Engineering Attacks 
     Waste Management Social Engineering Attacks 
     Mobile Device Social Engineering Attacks
     Personal Social Engineering Attacks
     Reverse Social Engineering Attacks
Social Engineering Forensics 
Social Engineering Attack Vector Vulnerabilities

Anti –Forensics, Prof. Velislav Pavlov
Anti-Forensic Definition and Concepts
Anti-Forensic Methods 
     Eliminate Trails 
     Hide Evidence 
     Destroy Evidence
Mobile Anti-Forensics

Link and Visual Analysis
Link and Visual Analysis

Psychological, Ethical, and Cultural Implications of Digital Forensics
Psychological Implications of Digital Forensics
Ethical Implications of Digital Forensics
Cultural Implications


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Dr. Greg Gogolin is a father, as well as a professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Greg spent almost twenty years in information technology 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.

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 information technology 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 the master of science in information systems management programs at Ferris State University in Michigan, and the master of science in cyber security at the University of Maryland University Center.

Dr. Gogolin has published in Information Security Journal: "A Global Perspective, Digital Investigations, Digital Forensic Practice" and has made chapter contributions to 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 is also actively building relationships with other universities worldwide, including Saxion University of Applied Science, the Netherlands.