Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard

Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard

Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects

1st Edition - February 1, 2013

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  • Author: Brett Shavers
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499842
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499859

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Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard is the definitive book on conducting a complete investigation of a cybercrime using digital forensics techniques as well as physical investigative procedures. This book merges a digital analysis examiner's work with the work of a case investigator in order to build a solid case to identify and prosecute cybercriminals. Brett Shavers links traditional investigative techniques with high tech crime analysis in a manner that not only determines elements of crimes, but also places the suspect at the keyboard. This book is a first in combining investigative strategies of digital forensics analysis processes alongside physical investigative techniques in which the reader will gain a holistic approach to their current and future cybercrime investigations.

Key Features

  • Learn the tools and investigative principles of both physical and digital cybercrime investigations—and how they fit together to build a solid and complete case
  • Master the techniques of conducting a holistic investigation that combines both digital and physical evidence to track down the "suspect behind the keyboard"
  • The only book to combine physical and digital investigative techniques

Readership

Information Security professionals of all levels, digital forensic examiners and investigators, IT managers, InfoSec consultants, criminologists, sociologists, attorneys, law enforcement officers, Also can sell to forensic training vendors, government training courses, and high-tech crime associations

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    About the Author

    About the Technical Editor

    Foreword

    Preface

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Digital Evidence Collection

    Simple File Copying

    “Dead Box” Approaches

    “Live Box” Approaches

    Decision-Making FlowChart

    Preview/Triage

    SmartPhones and Cellular Devices

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 2. High Tech Interview

    Introduction

    The Main Goal of Questioning a Suspect

    The Line of Questions for Suspects

    Questions for Victims

    Questions for Network Administrators

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 3. Physical Investigations

    Introduction

    Hazards of Acting Upon Minimal Information

    Physical Surveillance

    Electronic Surveillance

    Obtaining Personal Information

    Undercover and Informant Operations

    Witnesses

    Deconfliction

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 4. Technical Investigations

    Introduction

    Digital Investigative Techniques

    Who? What? When? Why? Where? and How?

    “Other” Device Forensics

    Online Social Networking

    User Activity

    Digital Authorship

    Profiling

    Biological Forensic Evidence

    Triage and Previews

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 5. Putting It All Together

    “2+2=Putting it all together”

    Timelines

    Follow the Evidence

    Rabbit Holes

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 6. Investigative Case Management

    Introduction

    Bibliography

    Chapter 7. Case Presentation

    Introduction

    It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose

    Investigative Mindset

    Your Audience

    Preparation

    Organizing Case Information

    Value of Visuals

    The Suspect’s Machine

    Analogies

    Avoid TMI (Too Much Information)

    Your Presentation

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 8. Cheat Sheets and Quickstart Guides

    Introduction

    Cheat Sheets and Quickstart Guides

    Checklists

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 9. Some Things Will Become Easier, Others Not So Much

    Introduction

    It Will Become Easier to Place a Suspect Behind the Keyboard

    It Will Become More Difficult to Place a Suspect Behind the Keyboard

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 10. Online Investigations

    Introduction

    Online Investigations

    Capturing Webpages as Evidence

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Chapter 11. Case Studies

    Introduction

    A Day in the Life of a Cybercriminal

    The Life and Casework of a Cyber Investigator

    Testifying to Your Work

    Summary

    Bibliography

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2013
  • Published: February 1, 2013
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499842
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499859

About the Author

Brett Shavers

Brett Shavers is a former law enforcement officer of a municipal police department. He has been an investigator assigned to state and federal task forces. Besides working many specialty positions, Brett was the first digital forensics examiner at his police department, attended over 2000 hours of forensic training courses across the country, collected more than a few certifications along the way, and set up the department’s first digital forensics lab in a small, cluttered storage closet.

Affiliations and Expertise

Digital Forensics Practitioner, expert witness, and Adjunct Instructor, University of Washington Digital Forensics program

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