Chapter 24. Digital Forensics

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding what digital forensics is

  • Methods and types of forensics

  • Proper handling of evidence

  • Analysis of digital evidence

  • Legal issues involving forensics

Computers and networks are being used in almost every area of our business and life. Therefore more and more crimes are computer-based. In order to understand what has happened during a computer crime, fix the vulnerability, and possibly prosecute, it's critical to understand how to find and deal with evidence. The process of understanding and finding evidence is at the core of digital forensics and will be examined in this chapter.

Society today is more reliant on electronic information than ever before, but with this reliance comes the possibility of disaster. Most people think of a disaster as something in nature — a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado. But ask any CEO about the ramifications of a data loss or the inability to access data and you'll find they consider those to be disasters as well.

Most enterprises can't afford to have a disaster related to their data. The bottom line and customer confidence are real concerns and must be planned for in the case of a disaster. Most businesses plan for ordinary hack attacks and true natural disasters, but few are prepared for the meltdown of a critical system that's not backed up in real time. Nor are they prepared for that visit from the local FBI agent as a result of criminal activity being conducted on their networks.

Computer forensics ...

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