Real Digital Forensics: Computer Security and Incident Response

Real Digital Forensics: Computer Security and Incident Response

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By (author) Keith J. Jones, By (author) Richard Bejtlich, By (author) Curtis W. Rose

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  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • Format: Mixed media product | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 234mm x 34mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0321240693
  • ISBN 13: 9780321240699
  • Sales rank: 194,409

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You can't succeed in the field of computer forensics without hands-on practice--and you can't get hands-on practice without real forensic data. The solution: Real Digital Forensics. In this book, a team of world-class computer forensics experts walks you through six detailed, highly realistic investigations and provides a DVD with all the data you need to follow along and practice. From binary memory dumps to log files, this DVD's intrusion data was generated by attacking live systems using the same tools and methods real-world attackers use. The evidence was then captured and analyzed using the same tools the authors employ in their own investigations. This book relies heavily on open source tools, so you can perform virtually every task without investing in any commercial software. You'll investigate environments ranging from financial institutions to software companies and crimes ranging from intellectual property theft to SEC violations. As you move step by step through each investigation, you'll discover practical techniques for overcoming the challenges forensics professionals face most often.Inside, you will find in-depth information on the following areas: * Responding to live incidents in both Windows and Unix environments * Determining whether an attack has actually occurred * Assembling a toolkit you can take to the scene of a computer-related crime * Analyzing volatile data, nonvolatile data, and files of unknown origin * Safely performing and documenting forensic duplications * Collecting and analyzing network-based evidence in Windows and Unix environments * Reconstructing Web browsing, e-mail activity, and Windows Registry changes * Tracing domain name ownership and the source of e-mails * Duplicating and analyzing the contents of PDAs and flash memory devices The accompanying DVD contains several gigabytes of compressed data generated from actual intrusions. This data mirrors what analysts might find in real investigations and allows the reader to learn about forensic investigations in a realisticsetting. A(c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Keith Jones (Alexandria, VA) heads the forensics practice at Red Cliff Consulting. Former military intelligence officer Richard Bejtlich (Manassas Park, VA) is a security engineer at ManTech International Corporation's Computer Forensics and Intrusion Analysis division. A recognized authority on computer security, he has extensive experience with network security monitoring, incident response, and forensics. Curtis Rose (Alexandria, VA) is vice president of Red Cliff and an industry-recognized expert in computer security with more than eighteen years experience in investigations, computer forensics, technical, and information security.

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You can't succeed in the field of computer forensics without hands-on practice--and you can't get hands-on practice without real forensic data. The solution: Real Digital Forensics. In this book, a team of world-class computer forensics experts walks you through six detailed, highly realistic investigations and provides a DVD with all the data you need to follow along and practice. From binary memory dumps to log files, this DVD's intrusion data was generated by attacking live systems using the same tools and methods real-world attackers use. The evidence was then captured and analyzed using the same tools the authors employ in their own investigations. This book relies heavily on open source tools, so you can perform virtually every task without investing in any commercial software. You'll investigate environments ranging from financial institutions to software companies and crimes ranging from intellectual property theft to SEC violations. As you move step by step through each investigation, you'll discover practical techniques for overcoming the challenges forensics professionals face most often.Inside, you will find in-depth information on the following areas: Responding to live incidents in both Windows and Unix environmentsDetermining whether an attack has actually occurredAssembling a toolkit you can take to the scene of a computer-related crimeAnalyzing volatile data, nonvolatile data, and files of unknown originSafely performing and documenting forensic duplicationsCollecting and analyzing network-based evidence in Windows and Unix environmentsReconstructing Web browsing, e-mail activity, and Windows Registry changesTracing domain name ownership and the source of e-mailsDuplicating and analyzing the contents of PDAs and flash memory devicesThe accompanying DVD contains several gigabytes of compressed data generated from actual intrusions. This data mirrors what analysts might find in real investigations and allows the reader to learn about forensic investigations in a realisticsetting. (c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. Case Studies. I. LIVE INCIDENT RESPONSE. 1. Windows Live Response. 2. Unix Live Response. II. NETWORK-BASED FORENSICS. 3. Collecting Network-Based Evidence. 4. Analyzing Network-Based Evidence for a Windows Intrusion. 5. Analyzing Network-Based Evidence for a Unix Intrusion. III. ACQUIRING A FORENSIC DUPLICATION. 6. Before You Jump Right In... 7. Commercial-Based Forensic Duplications. 8. Noncommercial-Based Forensic Duplications. IV. FORENSIC ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES. 9. Common Forensic Analysis Techniques. 10. Web Browsing Activity Reconstruction. 11. E-Mail Activity Reconstruction. 12. Microsoft Windows Registry Reconstruction. 13. Forensic Tool Analysis: An Introduction to Using Linux for Analyzing Files of Unknown Origin. 14. Forensic Tool Analysis: A Hands-On Analysis of the Linux File aio. 15. Forensic Tool Analysis: Analyzing Files of Unknown Origin (Windows). V. CREATING A COMPLETE FORENSIC TOOL KIT. 16. Building the Ultimate Response CD. 17. Making Your CD-ROM a Bootable Environment. VI. MOBILEDEVICE FORENSICS. 18. Forensic Duplication and Analysis of Personal Digital Assistants. 19. Forensic Duplication of USB and Compact Flash Memory Devices. 20. Forensic Analysis of USB and Compact Flash Memory Devices. VII. ONELINE-BASED FORENSCIS. 21. Tracing E-Mail. 22. Domain Name Ownership. Appendix: An Introduction to Perl. Index.