Digital Forensics Explained

By Greg Gogolin

© 2012 – Auerbach Publications

198 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9781439874950
pub: 2012-12-03
US Dollars$79.95

Comp Exam Copy

About the Book

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




About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science