The Basics of Digital Forensics

The Primer for Getting Started in Digital Forensics


  • John Sammons, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA

The Basics of Digital Forensics provides a foundation for people new to the digital forensics field. This book teaches you how to conduct examinations by discussing what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key technical concepts and the tools needed to perform examinations. Details on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud, and Internet are discussed. Also learn how to collect evidence, document the scene, and how deleted data is recovered.
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Entry-level digital forensics professionals, also complimentary fields such as: law enforcement, legal, general information security.


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-661-2


"This book is an excellent introduction and overview of the field of Configuration Systems. It covers the most important developments in the field.", August 2014

 "The book is quite easy to read - the author uses colloquial language and the text flows more like long magazine articles rather than a text book. A nice addition is computer forensic case studies that are peppered throughout the book."--The Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law,Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Key Technical Concepts
Chapter 3. Labs and Tools
Chapter 4. Collecting Evidence
Chapter 5. Windows System Artifacts
Chapter 6. Anti-Forensics
Chapter 7. Legal
Chapter 8. Internet and Email
Chapter 9. Network Forensics
Chapter 10. Mobile Device Forensics
Chapter 11. Looking Ahead: Challenges and Concerns