Chapter 3

Building a Digital Forensics Lab

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

—Muhammad Ali

When I was in high school, my coach told me, “Everyone gets better or gets worse; no one ever stays the same.” That taught me a valuable life lesson: only experience and practice will allow you to refine your skills and become an excellent cybersecurity forensics specialist (okay, I made some wide interpretations with what my coach told me, but the principles hold true and translate to cybersecurity and network forensics). Without practicing your art, you will likely never master any skills needed to perform forensics work. When people say that you need experience to ...

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