Digital Triage Forensics

Digital Triage Forensics

Processing the Digital Crime Scene

1st Edition - June 28, 2010

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  • Authors: Stephen Pearson, Richard Watson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597495967
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597495974

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Digital Triage Forensics: Processing the Digital Crime Scene provides the tools, training, and techniques in Digital Triage Forensics (DTF), a procedural model for the investigation of digital crime scenes including both traditional crime scenes and the more complex battlefield crime scenes. The DTF is used by the U.S. Army and other traditional police agencies for current digital forensic applications. The tools, training, and techniques from this practice are being brought to the public in this book for the first time. Now corporations, law enforcement, and consultants can benefit from the unique perspectives of the experts who coined Digital Triage Forensics. The text covers the collection of digital media and data from cellular devices and SIM cards. It also presents outlines of pre- and post- blast investigations. This book is divided into six chapters that present an overview of the age of warfare, key concepts of digital triage and battlefield forensics, and methods of conducting pre/post-blast investigations. The first chapter considers how improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have changed from basic booby traps to the primary attack method of the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also covers the emergence of a sustainable vehicle for prosecuting enemy combatants under the Rule of Law in Iraq as U.S. airmen, marines, sailors, and soldiers perform roles outside their normal military duties and responsibilities. The remaining chapters detail the benefits of DTF model, the roles and responsibilities of the weapons intelligence team (WIT), and the challenges and issues of collecting digital media in battlefield situations. Moreover, data collection and processing as well as debates on the changing role of digital forensics investigators are explored. This book will be helpful to forensic scientists, investigators, and military personnel, as well as to students and beginners in forensics.

Key Features

  • Includes coverage on collecting digital media
  • Outlines pre- and post-blast investigations
  • Features content on collecting data from cellular devices and SIM cards

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    About the Authors

    Chapter 1 New Age of Warfare: How Digital Forensics is Reshaping Today's Military

        Yesterday’s “Booby Trap” Is Today’s IED

        The Invention of WIT

        “CSI” Baghdad: Today’s Intelligence Is Tomorrows Evidence

        Actionable Intelligence and Its Effect on the Battlefield

        Soldiers to “Battlefield Cops”



    Chapter 2 Digital Triage Forensics and Battlefield Forensics


        DTF and Battlefield Forensics

        How does Evidence go from the Battlefield to the Lab?

        Five Levels of Exploitation of WTI Materials



    Chapter 3 Conducting Pre/Postblast Investigations


        WITs Role Within the EOD Team

        Premission Preparations

        Scene Safety

        On Scene IED Analysis

        Photograph! Photograph! Photograph!

        Preblast Investigative Steps

        Postblast Investigative Steps

        Detainee Operations as it Pertains to WIT


    Chapter 4 Using the DTF Model to Process Digital Media

        The changing location of Digital Evidence containers

        What hardware do I need to conduct a Cradle-to-Grave Battlefield investigation?

        Characteristics of Digital Media

        Stephen’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Understanding Digital Forensics

        Brief Overview of Digital Storage Concepts

        Processing Digital Media using the Digital Triage Forensic Model


    Chapter 5 Using the DTF Model to Collect and Process Cell Phones and SIM Cards

        Cellular Devices Are Replacing the Laptop

        Proprietary Cell Phone Tools versus Nonproprietary Cell Phone Tools

        Freeware and Shareware as Cell Phone Forensic/Analysis Tools

        Using Cross Validation with your Tools

        Triage Processing of Cellular Devices

        Using the MFC to identify the Cellular Device

        Collection Concerns with Cellular Devices

        Don’t Push That Button

        Isolating the Cellular Device

        Using the HTCI Isolation Chamber

        Processing the Cell Phone


    Chapter 6 The Changing Role of a Digital Forensic Investigator

        The Solution




Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2010
  • Published: June 28, 2010
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597495967
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597495974

About the Authors

Stephen Pearson

Stephen Frank Pearson was born in Aylesbury, England in 1963 and has been involved with Digital Media Exploitation since the early 1990's. Stephen served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman for over 21 years. During this time, Stephen wrote and compiled numerous texts that are still used today to train the Army’s Military Police and Investigators. Stephen's last military assignment was Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Advanced Technology Criminal Investigations Division at the Military Police School, Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri. After retiring, Stephen accepted a position as chief of detectives at the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office in Missouri. Stephen opened the first Digital Forensic Lab at the Sheriff's Department which was responsible for numerous convictions. Stephen, during this time, also started and ran the High Tech Crime Institute. In 2006 Stephen was contracted by the National Ground Intelligence Center to teach and design a course in Digital Triage Forensics for the new WIT teams deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, Stephen continues to teach and design new procedures that enable small team units to gather and exploit Digital Media from the Battle Space. Stephen currently lives in Palm Harbor, Florida and is the CEO of the High Tech Crime Institute.

Richard Watson

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