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

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Types and Nature of Volatile Data

In the early days of computer forensics investigations in the criminal arena, investigators focused heavily on computer systems’ hard disks. Today, a great deal of emphasis is still placed on the physical hard disk storage devices because of their static nature. However, corporate information-technology (IT) security personnel who are assigned responsibilities on incident-response teams tend to focus on the volatile nature of cyberattacks and intruders, not just the hard drives. Today’s investigators in both the corporate and criminal realms are beginning to broaden their focus to include both static and volatile disk data, because together they can help tell a more complete story. This chapter describes not ...

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