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Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations [Paperback]

Amelia Phillips , Bill Nelson , Frank Enfinger , Chris Steuart
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Sept. 3 2003 0619131209 978-0619131203 Bk&CD-Rom
Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigation presents methods to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation beginning with a discussion of ethics, while mapping to the objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification.

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Amelia Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked for over 25 years in government, private industry, and academics. She has designed Distance Education classes, E-Commerce, Computer Forensics and Network Security programs at several community colleges. Amelia is Division Chair at Highline Community College and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Bill Nelson has been a computer forensics examiner for a Fortune 50 company for the past 12 years and has developed high-tech investigation programs for professional organizations and colleges. His previous experience includes AFIS software engineering and reserve police work.

Frank Enfinger, from Suquamish, Washington, is a tenured faculty member at North Seattle Community College and a Computer Forensics Specialist with a local police department. He holds a degree in Computer Science.

Christopher Steuart is one of the founders and the staff attorney for itforensics.com. Previously, he was an Information Security Officer for a Fortune 50 company and the United States government. Chris resides in Seattle, Washington.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much incorrect information March 13 2004
Too much technical information is incorrect. This book never made it past the editing process, and the exercises were never checked.
The information regarding digital signatures is incorrect. Much of the information regarding partitions is incorrect. The information in regards to boot structures and MACS is scant, and what is there has been copied from existing web pages. Only enough information on NT and the MFT to confuse and confound.
The exercises are hard to follow, and even suggest using a different operating system if they do not work. The examiner cannot switch the operating system on the drive being examined - this is ridiculous.
The book is written with the primary audience of law enforcement. If a law enforcement officer were to have this book as their only education in computer forensics, their testimony would never stand up. I truly doubt that the material covered is sufficient to allow one to pass the IACIS certification.
A competent forensic examiner would not use this book other than as a reference for using DriveSpy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Grain of salt Feb. 13 2004
Smoke started coming out of my ears by page 2. The legal info on that page is flat WRONG! - here's a sample: "Until recently, legal professionals could not use digital evidence in court because it was not considered tangible evidence" - where they got that from, I don't know..... we've been using digital evidence in court for 1/2 a century now, and there's a 1960's bank case on mainframe evidence that's still the guideline for laying a foundation for admission of computer evidence.
p. 11: "Until 1993, the laws defining computer crimes did not exist. To this day, many have yet to be tested in court." HUH????? The fed.s proposed the first one in 1977, Florida and Arizona passed the first two computer crime statutes in 1978, and the feds finally got theirs through (18 USC 1029 & 1030) in 1986.
In another place, they talk about commmercial forensics software only being available recently, which ignores the decades of work done by experts using Norton's DiskEdit (still in use today). They barely mention Dan Mares, who wrote some of the first forensics tools, and is still doing so.
They don't really explain what their relationship is with a particular vendor whose software and hardware products are covered in detail.... and their description of the IACIS certification process is out of date. IACIS (an organization to which I belong and from which I received my computer forensics certification) has not endorsed this book.
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This book represents the core of what is wrong with corporate America today. This book is packaged with a CD that has software on it used throughout the book. What they don't tell you anywhere is that you must register the software using a unique and one time only coupon in the cd pouch. Furthermore the software then expires in 120 days. To not mention this limitation that basically makes the book useless for resale is very deceitful on the part of the publisher and the company that supplied the software. Never have I seen such B.S. before as this when it comes for games that publishers play!!! THIS INFORMATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN BIG BOLD LETTERS -- YOU CANNOT RESELL THIS BOOK DUE TO THE ONE-TIME USE OF THE ENCLOSED CD SOFTWARE --
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5.0 out of 5 stars IACIS - Exam Prep Book Jan. 18 2004
Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations covers a lot of ground in only 640 pages. It comes with an ok CD with some testing prep software and demo forensic tools. It misses on the big names like EnCase, but still covers enough to get you by. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in this field of study and who want to pass the IACIS exam. You may need to get a bit more hands-on practice but other then this book should get you to pass the exam.
It covers boot structures, forensic tools, evidence reporting, and all the way to being an expert witness.
I also use this book to teach a condensed version of the subject at Cal State Fullerton Extended Education.
Hope this info help!
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