Digital Triage Forensics: Processing the Digital Crime Scene provides the tools, training, and techniques in Digital Triage Forensics (DTF), which are employed in the investigation of digital crime scenes, including traditional and more-complex battlefield crime scenes. 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. The 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 use of digital triage forensics models in collecting and processing digital media and data from cell phones and SIM cards and the changing role of the digital forensic investigator are also discussed. The first chapter discusses 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 discussed in this book as well. The 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 Introduction 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”     Summary     References Chapter 2 Digital Triage Forensics and Battlefield Forensics     Introduction     DTF and Battlefield Forensics     How does Evidence go from the Battlefield to the Lab?     Five Levels of Exploitation of WTI Materials     Summary     References Chapter 3 Conducting Pre/Postblast Investigations     Introduction     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     Summary 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     Summary 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


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"Syngress [is] by far the best publisher of digital forensics and general security books…I’d certainly recommend this book and after reading through it…it looks great. It’s written by the guys who coined the use of the word Triage in this context, so they know what they are talking about, and unlike many real technical books this one really does dig into the investigative techniques that should be used at the crime scene, including quite an interesting analysis of ‘Battlefield Crime Scenes’, where a triage approach is by far the only way to successfully approach the forensics problem." –Tony Campbell, Publisher, Digital Forensics Magazine