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Network Forensics by Ric Messier

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Introduction

One of the best things about the different technology fields, should you have the stomach for it—and many don't—is the near constant change. Over the decades I have been involved in technology-based work, I've either had to or managed to reinvent myself and my career every handful of years or less. The world keeps changing and in order to maintain pace, we have to change too. In one of my incarnations that ended not many months ago now, I ran graduate and undergraduate programs at Champlain College in its online division. One of my responsibilities within that role was overseeing development of course materials. Essentially, either I or someone I hired developed the course and then I hired people who could teach it, often the people who did the development, though not always.

In the process of developing a course on network forensics, I discovered that there wasn't a lot of material around that covered it. At the time, I was able to find a single book but it wasn't one that we could make use of at the college because of policies focused on limiting costs to students. As a result, when I was asked what my next book would be, a book on network forensics that would explore in more detail the ideas I think are really important to anyone who is doing network investigations made the most sense to me.

What This Book Covers

I like to understand the why and how of things. I find it serves me better. When I understand the why and how, I don't get stuck in a dinosaur graveyard ...

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