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Building a Digital Forensic Laboratory

Book Description

The need to professionally and successfully conduct computer forensic investigations of incidents and crimes has never been greater. This has caused an increased requirement for information about the creation and management of computer forensic laboratories and the investigations themselves. This includes a great need for information on how to cost-effectively establish and manage a computer forensics laboratory. This book meets that need: a clearly written, non-technical book on the topic of computer forensics with emphasis on the establishment and management of a computer forensics laboratory and its subsequent support to successfully conducting computer-related crime investigations.

* Provides guidance on creating and managing a computer forensics lab
* Covers the regulatory and legislative environment in the US and Europe
* Meets the needs of IT professionals and law enforcement as well as consultants

Table of Contents

  1. Brief Table of Contents
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Lead Authors
  6. Contributing Author
  7. Foreword Contributor
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Chapter I. Creating a Digital Forensics Laboratory
  12. Chapter 1. An Introduction to Digital Forensics
    1. Introduction
    2. Some History
    3. Principles of Digital Forensics
    4. Summary
  13. Chapter 2. Types of Digital Forensic Investigation
    1. Introduction
    2. Reasons for Conducting a Digital Forensic Investigation
    3. Summary
  14. Chapter 3. Establishing and Managing a Digital Forensics Laboratory
    1. Introduction
    2. Establishing the Laboratory
    3. Summary
  15. Chapter 4. Scoping the Requirement for the Laboratory
    1. Introduction
    2. Throughput
    3. The “Job”
    4. The Hardware and Software
    5. Summary
  16. Chapter 5. Developing the Business Plan
    1. Introduction
    2. The Business Plan
    3. Summary
  17. Chapter 6. Laboratory Location
    1. Introduction
    2. The Location of a Laboratory
    3. Summary
  18. Chapter 7. Selecting the Staff
    1. Introduction
    2. Roles within the Laboratory
    3. Staff Selection
    4. Support for Staff
    5. Ancillary and Contract Staff
    6. Summary
  19. Chapter 8. Education and Training
    1. Introduction
    2. External Factors
    3. Summary
  20. Chapter 9. Legislation, Regulation, and Standards
    1. Introduction
    2. The Doctrine of Documentary Evidence
    3. Prevailing Health and Safety Laws in the UK
    4. Summary
  21. Chapter II. Digital Forensic Incident and Crime Investigation Management
  22. Chapter 10. Responding to Crimes Requiring Digital Forensic Investigation
    1. Introduction
    2. Capabilities
    3. Summary
  23. Chapter 11. Management of the Collection of Evidence
    1. Introduction
    2. Collecting the Evidence
    3. Conclusion
  24. Chapter 12. Management of Evidence Storage
    1. Introduction
    2. Management of Evidence Storage
    3. Conclusions
  25. Chapter 13. Quality Assurance
    1. Introduction
    2. What Is Assurance?
    3. What Is Quality?
    4. QA in Digital Forensic Acquisition
    5. QA of the Analysis Phase
    6. QA for the Evidence Presentation
    7. QA for Software
    8. QA of Hardware
    9. Process QA
    10. QA of the Documentation
    11. Conclusions
  26. Chapter 14. High Technology Crimes
    1. Introduction
    2. High Technology Crime Cases
    3. Summary
  27. Chapter III. Overview of the Digital Forensic Investigations Profession and Unit
  28. Chapter 15. Understanding the Role of the Digital Forensic Laboratory Manager
    1. Introduction
    2. The Laboratory Manager's Major Functions
    3. Summary
  29. Chapter 16. The Digital Forensics Laboratory
    1. Introduction
    2. Relationship of the Business Plans
    3. Summary
  30. Chapter 17. Networking, Liaison, and Sources of Information
    1. Introduction
    2. Knowledge and Skills
    3. Networking
    4. Liaison
    5. Maintaining the List of Contacts
    6. Collecting and Storing Information
    7. Other Sources of Information and Knowledge
    8. Classifying the Reliability of Sources and the Accuracy of Their Information
    9. Summary
  31. Chapter 18. Computer Forensics Investigation Unit Metrics Management System
    1. Introduction
    2. The Metrics
    3. Summary
  32. Chapter 19. Workload Management and the Outsourcing Option
    1. Introduction[1]
    2. In-house Workload Management
    3. Using Triage Techniques
    4. In-house or Outsource?
    5. Summary
  33. Chapter 20. Developing a Career in Digital Forensic Management
    1. Introduction
    2. What Does a Manager Do?
    3. Positioning Yourself for the Job
    4. Once You Have the Job
    5. Summary
  34. Chapter 21. A Summary of Thoughts, Issues, and Problems
    1. Introduction
    2. What Makes a Digital Forensic Laboratory Successful?
    3. Are You Up for the Job of Digital Forensic Laboratory Manager?
    4. What the Future Holds
  35. Chapter IV. Future Digital Forensic Investigation Challenges
  36. Chapter 22. The Future of Digital Forensics and Its Role in Criminal Investigations
    1. Introduction
    2. The Implication of Changes in Criminal Investigations
    3. The Changing Face of Crime
    4. The Changing Role of Digital Forensics
    5. Summary
  37. Chapter 23. The Future of Digital Forensics in the Criminal Justice System
    1. Introduction
    2. What Is Changing
    3. What the Future Holds
    4. Summary
  38. Chapter 24. Conclusions and Final Thoughts
    1. Introduction
    2. Management Challenges
    3. What the Future Holds
  39. Appendix A. Digital Forensic Resources
    1. Introduction
    2. Laboratory and Staff Certification Authorities
    3. Certifications
    4. Organizations
    5. Digital Forensic Guidelines
    6. Books
    7. Journals
    8. Forums and Blogs
    9. Online Resources
    10. Academic Resources
  40. Appendix B. Risk Assessment Template
  41. Index
    1. A
    2. B
    3. C
    4. D
    5. E
    6. F
    7. G
    8. H
    9. I
    10. J
    11. K
    12. L
    13. M
    14. N
    15. O
    16. P
    17. Q
    18. R
    19. S
    20. T
    21. U
    22. V
    23. W