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Learning Python for Forensics. - Second Edition

By : Preston Miller, Chapin Bryce
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Learning Python for Forensics. - Second Edition

By: Preston Miller, Chapin Bryce

Overview of this book

Digital forensics plays an integral role in solving complex cybercrimes and helping organizations make sense of cybersecurity incidents. This second edition of Learning Python for Forensics illustrates how Python can be used to support these digital investigations and permits the examiner to automate the parsing of forensic artifacts to spend more time examining actionable data. The second edition of Learning Python for Forensics will illustrate how to develop Python scripts using an iterative design. Further, it demonstrates how to leverage the various built-in and community-sourced forensics scripts and libraries available for Python today. This book will help strengthen your analysis skills and efficiency as you creatively solve real-world problems through instruction-based tutorials. By the end of this book, you will build a collection of Python scripts capable of investigating an array of forensic artifacts and master the skills of extracting metadata and parsing complex data structures into actionable reports. Most importantly, you will have developed a foundation upon which to build as you continue to learn Python and enhance your efficacy as an investigator.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

An overview of databases

Databases provide an efficient means of storing large amounts of data in a structured manner. There are many types of databases, commonly broken into two categories: SQL or NoSQL. SQL (short for Structured Query Language) is designed to be a simple language that allows users to manipulate large datasets that are stored in a database. This includes common databases, such as MySQL, SQLite, and PostgreSQL. NoSQL databases are also useful and generally use JSON or XML to store data of varying structures, both of which were discussed as common serialized data types in the previous chapter.

Using SQLite3

SQLite3 is the latest version of SQLite and is one of the most common databases found in application...