The Basics of Digital Forensics

The Basics of Digital Forensics, 1st Edition

The Primer for Getting Started in Digital Forensics

The Basics of Digital Forensics, 1st Edition,John Sammons,ISBN9781597496612



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Key Features

  • Learn all about what Digital Forensics entails
  • Build a toolkit and prepare an investigative plan
  • Understand the common artifacts to look for during an exam


The Basics of Digital Forensics provides a foundation for people new to the digital forensics field. This book teaches you how to conduct examinations by discussing what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key technical concepts and the tools needed to perform examinations. Details on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud, and Internet are discussed. Also learn how to collect evidence, document the scene, and how deleted data is recovered.


Entry-level digital forensics professionals, also complimentary fields such as: law enforcement, legal, general information security.

John Sammons

John Sammons is an Assistant Professor and Director of the undergraduate program in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. John teaches digital forensics, electronic discovery, information security and technology in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology. He's also adjunct faculty with the Marshall University graduate forensic science program where he teaches the advanced digital forensics course. John is the founder and past President of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. AIDE is a non-profit organization that provides research and training for digital evidence professionals including attorneys, judges, law enforcement and information security practitioners in the private sector. He is the author of best selling book, The Basics of Digital Forensics published by Syngress. John, a former police officer, is also an Investigator with the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and a member of the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, the Southern Criminal Justice Association and Infragard.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program at Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA

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The Basics of Digital Forensics, 1st Edition

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Key Technical Concepts
Chapter 3. Labs and Tools
Chapter 4. Collecting Evidence
Chapter 5. Windows System Artifacts
Chapter 6. Anti-Forensics
Chapter 7. Legal
Chapter 8. Internet and Email
Chapter 9. Network Forensics
Chapter 10. Mobile Device Forensics
Chapter 11. Looking Ahead: Challenges and Concerns

Quotes and reviews

"This book is an excellent introduction and overview of the field of Configuration Systems. It covers the most important developments in the field."--HPCMagazine.com, August 2014

 "The book is quite easy to read – the author uses colloquial language and the text flows more like long magazine articles rather than a text book. A nice addition is computer forensic case studies that are peppered throughout the book."--The Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law,Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014


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