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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764526367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764526367
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 18.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,391,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The introduction describes this book as a "complete introductory course in basic computer forensics and incident response" and that is indeed the case. It begins with an overview of computer forensics and incident response in Chapter 1 and progresses to legal considerations, obtaining and preserving digital evidence, system internals (mostly Windows although Unix is also discussed) and ends with analysis of real-world attacks and possible defences in Chapter 12. Press references and citations are used to give the big picture. All in all this is a book which I would recommend with two "buts": first, the author is writing from a US perspective for a US reader, presenting and discussing US-specific legislation and legal issues; while this would be of direct interest to our US-based brethren it is of no much use to anyone else. Second, platform-dependent coverage is mostly Windows, and although Linux/Unix get mentioned throughout the book the coverage of UNIX internals and forensics is not on par with Windows counterparts. Having said this, if you are in the US and are using Windows, do get this book - it is a readable and straight introduction to a complex and interesting field which becomes more and more important.
Edgar Danielyan, CISSP
Author, SOLARIS 8 SECURITY and INFORMATION SECURITY QUALIFICATIONS HANDBOOK
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The author covers different aspects of incident response, but fails to go deeper in the matter.
The author talks briefly about types of attacks, briefly about forensics tools, and briefly about the incident response procedures. Such shallow coverage of the topics makes for a quite dissappointing read.
On the other hand he offers the readers complete text of USA Patriot Act 2001 - with little discussion of its implications, privacy concerns and its impact on the organizational security! Readers also get treated to full texts of Janet Renot(sp?) speeches - also with little explanation. Seems he tried to increase the word count of the book.
Forensics tools are mentioned with instructions to run them starting as "Step 1:Click the Start menu button". Every tool has a half a page description on how to start it with a screenshot taking up the rest of the page.
Forensics techniques are described, but the author presents this quite technical material in the abstract, easy-to-read form that takes away all the usefullness of it - reads like a summary.
Incident response chapters present the reader with the common sense material. Might be useful to get an idea of what is involved in developing a incident response process, but it's hard to find it practical - it's simply too general.
A fair introductory book, could be much better.
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This book gives the reader a solid grounding in a difficult field. Since forensics and response are an area where you're up against a creative enemy, it's impossible to give the reader a cookbook approach. Schweitzer gives the reader the tools and framework necessary to begin tackling this very difficult problem. I'm really happy to see this book available on the market, since the problem it addresses is one that's getting worse all the time and shows no sign of getting better soon.
Good job, Doug!
mjr.
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By "nickfx" on Jan. 19 2004
Format: Paperback
A well considered and well structured work for the IT professional.
The book is fast paced and wisely does not get dragged down with too much detail and 'how to' guides. It provided the knowledge and check lists to enable the reader to react appropriatly to an IT emergency or situation where a forensic approach is required.
It's clear structure will enable me to use the book as a reference work in the future.
The included CDROM was useful although in the future a PDF guide of each file would have been handy reference. It would have also been nice to have seen the free tools mentioned in the book included on the disk.
Overall an excellent read I will look out for Douglas Schweitzer books again.
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