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

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Lab and Network Design

As discussed several times throughout this book, some investigators will simply state that it’s best not to have your computer forensics lab or workstation connected to a network. What is normally meant by this statement—and often misunderstood or left out—is that forensics workstations should not be directly connected to the Internet. Most users and experienced investigators alike would agree that connecting any computer directly to the Internet, sometimes even with a firewall, can be dangerous. Luckily, investigators don’t need to make such a broad choice and can have their cake and eat it, too, so to speak.

Even the smallest computer forensics practice will quickly grow beyond two or more computer forensics workstations ...

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