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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By : Shiva V. N. Parasram
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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By: Shiva V. N. Parasram

Overview of this book

Kali Linux is a Linux-based distribution that's widely used for penetration testing and digital forensics. It has a wide range of tools to help for digital forensics investigations and incident response mechanisms. This updated second edition of Digital Forensics with Kali Linux covers the latest version of Kali Linux and The Sleuth Kit. You'll get to grips with modern techniques for analysis, extraction, and reporting using advanced tools such as FTK Imager, hex editor, and Axiom. Updated to cover digital forensics basics and advancements in the world of modern forensics, this book will also delve into the domain of operating systems. Progressing through the chapters, you'll explore various formats for file storage, including secret hiding places unseen by the end user or even the operating system. The book will also show you how to create forensic images of data and maintain integrity using hashing tools. Finally, you'll cover advanced topics such as autopsies and acquiring investigation data from networks, operating system memory, and quantum cryptography. By the end of this book, you'll have gained hands-on experience of implementing all the pillars of digital forensics: acquisition, extraction, analysis, and presentation, all using Kali Linux tools.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Kali Linux – Not Just for Penetration Testing
Section 2: Forensic Fundamentals and Best Practices
Section 3: Forensic Tools in Kali Linux
Section 4: Automated Digital Forensic Suites
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Incident response and first responders

Preserving evidence does not begin only at the acquisition of data, but as early on as the physical viewing of the suspect device. There should be some kind of structured response to the suspected crime or breach in the same way as with a crime reported to the police. A person makes a call to the emergency services who then dispatch the police, fire services, and ambulance personnel, and other first responders who may then escalate the issue to the FBI or other agencies. There should also be a similar chain of command when dealing with reports that require digital investigation.

There are many sources for guidelines, best practices, and cybersecurity strategies, which you should familiarize yourself with. I'd suggest researching your local Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and/or Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) to begin with, such as the US-CERT ( and the European Union Agency for...