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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


This chapter addressed the various elements of malware analysis for the incident responder. First, having an understanding of malware, in general, is necessary, as it is by far the most prevalent threat available to adversaries. Second, the techniques of malware analysis—static and dynamic—provide responders with tools and techniques to extract key data points. Finally, the use of sandboxing systems allows responders to gain insight into malware behavior and attributes quickly, and in a controlled manner.

In many ways, this chapter has merely scratched the surface in regard to malware analysis. It should become apparent that, even with tools for static and dynamic analysis, incident response analysts still have a great deal of skill-building ahead of them if they want to master this highly specialized subset of digital forensics. Although it may be difficult...