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Digital Forensics and Incident Response - Second Edition

By : Gerard Johansen
Book Image

Digital Forensics and Incident Response - Second Edition

By: Gerard Johansen

Overview of this book

An understanding of how digital forensics integrates with the overall response to cybersecurity incidents is key to securing your organization's infrastructure from attacks. This updated second edition will help you perform cutting-edge digital forensic activities and incident response. After focusing on the fundamentals of incident response that are critical to any information security team, you’ll move on to exploring the incident response framework. From understanding its importance to creating a swift and effective response to security incidents, the book will guide you with the help of useful examples. You’ll later get up to speed with digital forensic techniques, from acquiring evidence and examining volatile memory through to hard drive examination and network-based evidence. As you progress, you’ll discover the role that threat intelligence plays in the incident response process. You’ll also learn how to prepare an incident response report that documents the findings of your analysis. Finally, in addition to various incident response activities, the book will address malware analysis, and demonstrate how you can proactively use your digital forensic skills in threat hunting. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to efficiently investigate and report unwanted security breaches and incidents in your organization.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1: Foundations of Incident Response and Digital Forensics
Section 2: Evidence Acquisition
Section 3: Analyzing Evidence
Section 4: Specialist Topics

MFT analysis

Another technique that can be leveraged for timeline analysis is utilizing external tools to analyze the MFT. Autopsy allows the analyst to export the MFT for analysis using third-party tools. In this case, the analyst will utilize a Python script called analyzeMFT, which is available on GitHub at Utilizing this script, the analyst will produce an Excel spreadsheet with date and time information. This script can also be combined with other scripts, such as Log2Timeline, to create files so that timestamps can be reviewed.

Follow these steps to create the spreadsheet while utilizing analyzeMFT:

  1. Download and install analyzeMFT from
  2. Extract the MFT from the compromised system. In Autopsy, look in the Volume 3 file structure for the file named $MFT. Extract the file by right-clicking on the filename...