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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

Analyzing malware

The tools for analyzing malware range from simple hex editors and interactive disassemblers to GUI-based tools that integrate online searching and analysis. Each incident will often dictate the specific tools or techniques utilized. A possible infection through a social engineering email that is in the process of infecting network systems may require analysts to work rapidly to identify the malware's behavior and craft a solution to remove it. In other circumstances, a security control may have identified a file that it deems suspicious. With no active incident at hand, the incident response analysts may want to completely rip apart the code, to determine if it had a specific purpose. In either case, tools described in the next section are useful in assisting in the process, but the list is by no means all-inclusive.

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