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Sept. 11 2002 1931836655 978-1931836654 1
"Cybercrime and cyber-terrorism represent a serious challenge to society as a whole." - Hans Christian Krüger, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Crime has been with us as long as laws have existed, and modern technology has given us a new type of criminal activity: cybercrime. Computer and network related crime is a problem that spans the globe, and unites those in two disparate fields: law enforcement and information technology.

This book will help both IT pros and law enforcement specialists understand both their own roles and those of the other, and show why that understanding and an organized, cooperative effort is necessary to win the fight against this new type of crime.

62% of US companies reported computer-related security breaches resulting in damages of $124 million dollars. This data is an indication of the massive need for Cybercrime training within the IT and law enforcement communities.
The only book that covers Cybercrime from forensic investigation through prosecution.
Cybercrime is one of the battlefields in the war against terror.

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About the Author

Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a former police sergeant and police academy instructor, turned IT professional. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Shinder, have provided network consulting services to businesses and municipalities, conducted training at colleges and technical training centers, and spoken at seminars around the country. Deb specializes in networking and security, and she and Tom have written numerous books, including the best selling Configuring ISA Server 2000. Deb is the author of over 100 articles for print publications and electronic magazines such as TechProGuild, CNET, 8Wire, and Deb is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations and the advisory board of the Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center.

Other Books by Debra Littlejohn Shinder:
Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000, ISBN 1-928994-29-6. Syngress Publishing, 2001, $49.95.
Troubleshooting Windows 2000 TCP/IP, ISBN 1-928994-11-3. Syngress Publishing, 2000, $49.94.
Computer Networking Essentials, ISBN 1-587130-38-6. Cisco Press, 2001, $49.95.
MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Study Guide, ISBN 0-072125-00-4. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $59.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Professional Study Guide, ISBN 0072123893. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Server Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-86-9. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Network Administration Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-83-4. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-80-X. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing a Windows 2000 Network Study Guide, ISBN 0-072124-94-6. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Service Study Guide, ISBN 0-072125-03-9. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network Study Guide, ISBN 0-072124-97-0.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So very good on so many levels... May 8 2004
I'm currently in the middle of the book Scene Of The Cybercrime by Debra Littlejohn Shinder, but I decided to do a review right now. This is a really good book on a number of levels...
Most books on computer and network security are written for the techie trying to secure their assets from outside attack. Obviously, there's a huge need for that information. But it seems that there is virtually nothing written from the law enforcement perspective on computer security. That's a major problem in two ways... For one, there are too few law enforcement personnel that understand exactly what cybercrime is and how it can be detected, fought, and prosecuted. That's probably the audience that would benefit most from this book. Second, most technical personnel don't know what to do in order to successfully build a case and prosecute an attacker once an intrusion has occurred. That's the other audience that will gain the most from reading Shinder's work.
The book includes the following chapters: Facing the Cybercrime Problem Head On; Reviewing the History of Cybercrime; Understanding the People on the Scene; Understanding Computer Basics; Understanding Network Basics; Understanding Network Intrusions and Attacks; Understanding Cybercrime Prevention; Implementing System Security; Implementing Cybercrime Detection Techniques; Collecting and Preserving Digital Evidence; Building the Cybercrime Case
The hardcore network security administrator will probably already know most of the information in the "Understanding..." chapters. But unless they are adept or experienced in forensic analysis, the last three chapters will be crucial information for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Number One Computer Security Primer Jan. 23 2003
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Here is a book for anyone who needs a broad and accurate knowledge of computer security. This book reminds me very much of "Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World", with one major difference -- "Scene of the Cybercrime" is written by one of the truly gifted communicators in the computer network security field. Deb Shinder communicates in a clear, precise and objective way that is completely unique. Most computer security books are "blah blah and I did this, and blah hackers, and blah Microsoft is bad, and "waving hands" blah blah." NOT this book. All computer security authors have biases, all except Deb Shinder. The book is about the facts. Clear, clean, crisp facts. Facts you can use on the job, on the beat, and "on deck" in front of the bench. This book is almost like "Secrets and Lies" except that "Scene of the Cybercrime" is written by a world class communicator in plain and relevant English. It reads like a detective story. This book raises the bar on network security books so high that its unlikely another will ever surpass it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Computer Crime Dec 3 2002
If you're looking for a clear explanation of computer crime, and how to prevent, investigate and prosecute it, there's no better place to start than this book. It isn't a bleeding-edge technical manual for IT professionals looking for new ways to secure their systems, nor is it a technical investigation manual for law enforcement personnel. Instead, the book delivers exactly what it claims to - an excellent introduction to and overview of the subject of computer crime, with an emphasis on helping IT and law enforcement professionals understand one another's priorities, capabilities and needs. There is enough technical information, however, to make it worthwhile for those who already have some experience in this area. As a cop and police instructor with a background in the IT field, I have read a number of books in this subject area. This one tops the field. It's not perfect (thus 4 stars, not 5), but it's certainly the best that I've found yet. It's well worth investing in for both information security and law enforcement personnel. In fact, I've ordered extra copies as Christmas gifts for friends who are in the business.
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Just got done reading "Scene of the Cybercrime" and as a manager of a large computer and networking security unit, I have to say this is problably the best book I've ever read about computer law and forensics. One of the big problems I have with our team is that we have a number of technicians who want to know what button to push in their copy of Encase, but have no idea what they're doing and why. We work in a technical and legal environment, and its almost impossible to find good references that address both the forensic and the legal implications of our work. This book did a fantastic job covering the technical details of how computer security works, and then took things to a level I've not seen in any other book I've reviewed for our team: a first-hand real life perspective of how law enforcement and the legal system works and how that affects our effectiveness as keepers of computer and network security. Other books I've read just said "we did this and that and he did or didn't go to jail". That doesn't help us create a case! The information in this book also would have have been nice to have, given that we actually were held accountable for errors we never would have made had I read this book before making them. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could, just for the money is would have saved our company had this book been available a year ago.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Generic Information Security reading.
This book covers all aspects of information security but the title of the book is kind of misleading as the book only has 2 chapters that talk about anything close to... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Believe this is a computer book
I usually don't write reviews on computer books because I fall asleep before getting halfway through them. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by Walter Binswanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Practical Research and Reference Tool
Ms. Shinder has put together a well-written book that is both very exacting yet not so high-brow that the average person will be overwhelmed. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by Tymber Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the intended audience
This book is an ideal introduction for non-computer professionals to the burgeoning world of cybercrime. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2002 by Shawn Herron
5.0 out of 5 stars the nexus of computers and crime
i believe that this book is the most helpful of its kind for introducing the literate reader to computer crime. it is not so technical as to lose one in a swamp of argot. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by bud
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Friday Needs a Laptop
So your friendly local police officer doesn't have enough to worry about? Now someone -- we know it's not Al Gore -- invented the Internet, and Sgt. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Gary Presley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
As a former police officer, I can say without a doubt that Shinder's book is a terrific resource for both law enforcement officers and those who want to become more familiar with a... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by True Crime Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Concise, Easy to read
Ms. Shinder has written a clear, concise, easy to read book on the various aspects of cyber-crime. As a technical writer turned novelist, I find the scope not only useful in my... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Vicky Burkholder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for cops and "regular people"
I'm a former law enforcement officer who is just getting into computers and technology. I found this book to be a great resource. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by "chrisjharris"
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