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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Physical Network Topology

Several standard network topologies and variations are used when designing networks. Investigators who understand the basic networking topologies will not only better understand the operating environment but be more accurate when diagramming the actual physical layout of a network system where evidence was seized. It is important for investigators to remember that the physical layout of a network and the logical flow of data are often completely different. Understanding both is essential.

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Some networks are designed from the start using a variety of topologies within a single LAN or WAN. Even networks implemented ...

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