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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

Managing Cyber Incidents

The incident response framework detailed in the previous chapter provided the specific structure of a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), and how the CSIRT will engage with other business units. The chapter further expanded on the necessary planning and preparation an organization should undertake to address cyber incidents. Unfortunately, planning and preparation cannot address all the variables and uncertainties inherent in cyber incidents.

As the boxer Mike Tyson said:

"Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the face."

This chapter will focus on executing those plans and frameworks detailed in Chapter 1, Understanding Incident Response, to properly manage a cyber incident. A solid foundation in and an understanding of cyber incident management allows organizations to put their plans into action more efficiently, communicate...