Praise for Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery
"Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery doesn't just
discuss forensics, it also includes tools for analysis and shows
readers how to use them. I look forward to putting these tools
through their paces, and I recommend Carvey's book as a terrific
addition to the security professional's bookshelf."
—Warren G. Kruse II, Partner
Computer Forensic Services, LLC
"This book is a good reference for the tools needed to prepare
for, respond to, and confirm a Windows-based computer
Digital forensics researcher
"This book provides a unique 'command-line centric' view of
Microsoft and non-Microsoft tools that can be very helpful to folks
responsible for security and system administration on the Windows
—Vishwas Lele, principal architect
Applied Information Sciences, Inc.
"Harlan Carvey's book serves as a great resource for
investigators and systems administrators looking to peek under the
hoods of their Windows systems."
—Jason Chan, security consultant
"Regardless of what you know already, you are guaranteed to
learn something new about Windows incident response from this
—Brian Behler, computer forensics and intrusion analyst/engineer
"Harlan Carvey's vast security and forensics experience shows
through in all facets of this work. Many books have attempted to be
the prescriptive guide to forensics on the Windows platform. This
book not only attempts it, but it succeeds—with guidance to
—Rick Kingslan, Microsoft MVP
"This book is the first to bring together into a single volume
the topics of malicious code, incident response, and forensics on
the Windows platform. Mr. Carvey's work should serve as a valuable
reference for any Windows system administrator or security
—Jennifer Kolde, information security consultant, author, and instructor
"Harlan Carvey's book is a one-of-a-kind approach to
do-it-yourself Windows forensics. With detailed and illustrative
examples coupled with Harlan's renowned Perl scripts, this book
certainly is a great find."
—Mark Burnett, security consultant and author
The first book to focus on forensics and incident recovery in a Windows environment
Teaches through case studies and real world-examples
Companion CD contains unique tools developed by the author.
Covers Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Windows XP
If you're responsible for protecting Windows systems, firewalls and anti-virus aren't enough. You also need to master incident response, recovery, and auditing. Leading Windows security expert and instructor Harlan Carvey offers a start-to-finish guide to the subject: everything administrators must know to recognize and respond to virtually any attack.
Drawing on his widely acclaimed course, Carvey uses real-world examples to cover every significant incident response, recovery, and forensics technique. He delivers a complete incident response toolset that combines today's best open source and freeware tools, his own exclusive software and scripts, and step-by-step instructions for using them. This book's tools and techniques apply to every current and professional version of Windows: NT, 2000, XP, and Windows Server 2003. Coverage includes:
Developing a practical methodology for responding to potential attacks
Preparing your systems to prevent and detect incidents
Recognizing the signatures of an attack—in time to act
Uncovering attacks that evade detection by Event Viewer, Task Manager, and other Windows GUI tools
Using the Forensic Server Project to automate data collection during live investigations
Analyzing live forensics data in order to determine what occurred
CD-ROM contains incident response and forensics toolkit code developed by the author, sample network packet captures, as well as data collected from compromised systems using the Forensic Server Project. You can also access Carvey's website at http://www.windows-ir.com for code samples, updates, and errata.
I'd like to start by thanking Larry Leibrock and Jay Heiser for getting me started down this road. Several years ago, I had developed a 2-day, hands-on incident response course for Windows 2000, and Larry provided me with my initial opportunity to teach it at the University of Texas in Austin. This book began its life as the presentation for the incident response course. I had done a technical review of Jay and Warren Kruse's computer forensics book, and Jay provided my name to his former editor as someone who may be interested in writing a book on the subject of Windows security.
Karen Gettman offered me the opportunity to write this book, and I decided to take it. I'd had articles published, but I'd never written a book. Karen and her assistant, Elizabeth Zdunich, kept me on track throughout this process.
I'd like to thank several of the reviewers as well. Of all of the reviewers who've been involved in this process, I'd like to recognize Jennifer Kolde, Mike Lyman, and Jason Chan for their efforts and input. The reviews from these three individuals provided valuable constructive criticism regarding the content and structure of the book. I can't say that I followed all the advice they provided, but I did read and consider everything they said thoroughly. With their help and insight, I didn't feel as if I were working on this book alone. Thanks, guys, for your time and effort. And Jen, thanks for indulging me all those time I'd email you with thoughts about your comments. Those exchanges gave me even more insight into to the content of the book, as well as the subject of incident response on Windows systems, in general.
Finally, and most importantly, I'd like to thank Terri Dougherty. I've written a book, and yet I can't seem to find the words to express my gratitude for your support throughout this process. Thank you. I owe you a debt that I will be repaying for a long time.
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