High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook

Establishing and Managing a High-Technology Crime Prevention Program


  • Gerald Kovacich, CFE, CPP, CISSP, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Protection Professional, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Washington, USA
  • William C. Boni, CISA, MBA, Director, Information Security for Motorola Corporation. He has worked as the Director of Information Protection Practices for Amgen; as a U.S. Army counterintelligence officer; federal agent and investigator; and a security consultant for such firms as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young

The high-technology crime investigator's profession is one of the fastest growing professions in the world today, as information security issues and crimes related to them are growing in number and magnitude at an ever-increasing pace. High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook, Second Edition, informs professionals of the potential risks of computer crimes, and serves as a guide to establishing and managing a high-technology crime investigative program. Each chapter is updated with the latest information and guidance, including added coverage of computer forensics and additional metrics to measure organizational performance. In addition, nine new chapters cover emerging trends in the field, and offer invaluable guidance on becoming a successful high-technology crime investigator.
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PRIMARY MARKET: The targeted audience is INFOSEC and Information Assurance managers, technicians, and investigators; computer forensic professionals and forensic consulting firms; IT technical and IT network professionals interested in specializing in Security. SECONDARY MARKET: Business managers, corporate security professionals managers, law enforcement officers, and students enrolled in IT computer and information security classes.


Book information

  • Published: August 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7929-9


"[The High-Technology-Crime Investigator’s Handbook, Second Edition] not only provides a basic introduction into the world of high-tech crime but, more importantly for the readers, it is the only book I have found whose primary purpose is not about investigating high-tech crimes, but how to establish and manage a high-tech crimes investigative unit." - Howard A. Schmidt, President & CEO, R & H Security Consulting LLC, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor

Table of Contents

SECTION I - Introduction to the High Technology Crimes Environment • Chapter 1. What Investigators Should Know About the High Technology Supported Global Threats • Chapter 2. The High Technology Crimes’ Miscreants, Profiles, Motives and Philosophies.• Chapter 3. The Basic Techniques Used by High Technology Crimes’ Miscreants• Chapter 4. The Basic Information Systems Security Techniques Being Used to Defend Against the High Technology Crimes’ MiscreantsSECTION II - High-Technology Incidents and Crime Investigations• Chapter 5. Investigating High Technology Crimes• Chapter 6. Responding to High-Technology Incidents and Crimes• Chapter 7. The Collection of Evidence• Chapter 8. Interviews and Interrogations• Chapter 9. An Introduction to Computer Forensics • Chapter 10. Establishing and Managing a Computer Forensics Laboratory• Chapter 11. High Technology Crimes: Case SummariesSECTION III - Overview of the High Technology Crimes Investigations Profession and Unit• Chapter 12. The Global Enterprise Corporation (GEC) Model• Chapter 13. Understanding the Role of the High Technology Crimes Investigator and an Anti-Crimes Unit in the Business and Management Environment• Chapter 14. The High Technology Crimes Investigations Unit Strategic, Tactical, and Annual Plans• Chapter 15. High Technology Anti-Crimes Investigations Program and Organization • Chapter 16. High Technology Crimes Investigations Functions• Chapter 17. Sources, Networking and Liaison• Chapter 18. High Technology Crime Investigations Unit Metrics Management System• Chapter 19. Outsourcing High-Technology Investigations - Pros and Cons SECTION IV - High Technology Crime Investigation Challenges of the 21st Century• Chapter 20. The Future of High Technology and Its Impact on Working in a Global Information Environment• Chapter 21. The Future of High Technology Crimes, Security and the Criminal Justice Systems• Chapter 22. Terrorism - Crime or War? Its Impact on the High Technology Incidents and Crimes’ Investigations• Chapter 23. The Future of the High Technology Crimes Investigator Profession• Chapter 24. Developing a Career as a High Technology Crimes Investigator• Chapter 25. Marketing Yourself as a Successful High Technology Crimes Investigator• Chapter 26. Becoming a High Technology Consultant• Chapter 27. Conclusions and Final Thoughts