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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have in your digital forensics collection, 31 July 2011
This review is from: Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools (Paperback)
I bought this book some time ago, and I've actually read it twice. It's permanently sitting close to me as a reference book. Given the amount of techniques, tools and procedures in digital investigations, it's quite an achievement to bring almost all of them togheter in just 264 pages.

It does not matter if you are a seasoned investigator or a newbie. You will always find something you didn't know, or a new tool you can try. The book is very well written and covers a very wide range of topics that you may use in your investigative process suiting all professional profiles. Clear language, everything is explained concisely and not abusing of the theory, giving relevance to the pratical aspects of digital forensics. Whenever the topics get wider, good bibliography references are provided to well known materials.

The book is well structured, covering the necessary introductions, how to build your platform, disk and file forensics, Windows, Linux and Mac systems and artifacts, Internet, files and automation in forensics. It also includes an appendix about free tools that are not open source. Each of the chapters includes detailed explanations of the fundamentals and tools to be used.

The authors don't abuse of technical procedures to install tools, instead of that they give installation hints that you can easilly follow. Console outputs are concise, and screenshots are legible. Almost all the examples of tool installation are Ubuntu related, which is the perfect entry point for those not directly used to Linux.

The only thing I miss in this book is memory forensics and malware related contents. Those are complex subjects, maybe a little bit out of the scope of the book, still achievable using open source tools and free tools. I'm sure the authors will consider these for the future. Because of this I'm not rating the book as 5 star, but it's definitively one of the best materials I've read lately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I found this text book to be a good general grounding for a forensic sciences degree, 1 May 2013
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I found this text book to be a good general grounding for a forensic sciences degree, very good for first year students to grasp the basics of the subject.
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