Written by a former NYPD cyber cop, this is the only book available that discusses the hard questions cyber crime investigators are asking. The book begins with the chapter “What is Cyber Crime?” This introductory chapter describes the most common challenges faced by cyber investigators today. The following chapters discuss the methodologies behind cyber investigations; and frequently encountered pitfalls. Issues relating to cyber crime definitions, the electronic crime scene, computer forensics, and preparing and presenting a cyber crime investigation in court will be examined. Not only will these topics be generally be discussed and explained for the novice, but the hard questions —the questions that have the power to divide this community— will also be examined in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner. This book will serve as a foundational text for the cyber crime community to begin to move past current difficulties into its next evolution.

Key Features

* This book has been written by a retired NYPD cyber cop, who has worked many high-profile computer crime cases * Discusses the complex relationship between the public and private sector with regards to cyber crime * Provides essential information for IT security professionals and first responders on maintaining chain of evidence


This book’s intended audience includes IT security professionals, prosecutors, and police officers who investigate cyber crime. This book is appropriate for both novice investigators as well as seasoned cyber crime fighters. Regardless if the reader conducts cyber investigations, computer forensics, intrusion detection, system security, e-discovery, prosecution of cyber criminals, or research in this field—all will find that this book provides invaluable insight into cyber crime’s most pressing and contentious issues.

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Chapter 1: The Problem at Hand

Chapter 2: “Computer Crime” Discussed

Chapter 3: Preparing for Prosecution and Testifying

Chapter 4: Cyber Investigative Roles

Chapter 5: Incident Response

Chapter 6: Legal Issues of Intercepting WiFi Transmissions

Chapter 7: Seizure of Digital Information

Chapter 8: Conducting Cyber Investigations

Chapter 9: Digital Forensics and Analyzing Data

Chapter 10: Cyber Crime Prevention

Appendix A: Legal Principles for Information Security Evaluations

Appendix B: Investigating Insider Threat Using Enterprise Security Management



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