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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

Digital forensics fundamentals

As it was stated in the previous chapter, digital forensics is an important component of incident response. It is often the application of digital forensics methods that allows incident responders to gain a clear understanding of the chain of events that led to a malicious action, such as a compromised server or other data breach. For other incidents, such as internal fraud or malicious insider activity, digital forensics may provide the proverbial smoking gun that points to the guilty party. Before a detailed examination of the tools and techniques available to incident responders, it is critical to address the foundational elements of digital forensics. These elements provide not only context for specific actions, but also a method to ensure that evidence made part of an incident investigation is usable.