Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard

Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard, 1st Edition

Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects

Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard, 1st Edition,Brett Shavers,ISBN9781597499859
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Key Features

• Learn the tools and investigative principles of both physical and digital cybercrime investigations-and how they fit together to build a solid and complete case.

• Master the techniques of conducting a holistic investigation that combines both digital and physical evidence to track down the "suspect behind the keyboard."

• The only book to combine physical and digital investigative techniques.


Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard is the definitive book on conducting a complete investigation of a cybercrime using digital forensics techniques as well as physical investigative procedures. This book merges a digital analysis examiner's work with the work of a case investigator in order to build a solid case to identify and prosecute cybercriminals.

Brett Shavers links traditional investigative techniques with high tech crime analysis in a manner that not only determines elements of crimes, but also places the suspect at the keyboard. This book is a first in combining investigative strategies of digital forensics analysis processes alongside physical investigative techniques in which the reader will gain a holistic approach to their current and future cybercrime investigations.


Information Security professionals of all levels, digital forensic examiners and investigators, IT managers, InfoSec consultants, criminologists, sociologists, attorneys, law enforcement officers, Also can sell to forensic training vendors, government training courses, and high-tech crime associations.

Brett Shavers

Brett Shavers is a former law enforcement officer of a municipal police department. He has been an investigator assigned to state and federal task forces. Besides working many specialty positions, Brett was the first digital forensics examiner at his police department, attended over 2000 hours of forensic training courses across the country, collected more than a few certifications along the way, and set up the department’s first digital forensics lab in a small, cluttered storage closet.

Affiliations and Expertise

is a Digital Forensics Practitioner, expert witness, and Adjunct Instructor for the University of Washington Digital Forensics program.

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Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard, 1st Edition

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. High Tech Interview

Chapter 3. Physical Investigations

Chapter 4. Technical Investigations

Chapter 5. Putting it all Together

Chapter 6. Investigative Case Management

Chapter 7. Case Presentation

Chapter 8. Cheat Sheets and Quickstart Guides

Chapter 9. Some Things will Become Easier, Others Not So Much

Chapter 10. Online Investigations

Chapter 11. Case Studies

Quotes and reviews

"Shavers, with a background in the military and law enforcement, offers a comprehensive look at the unique complexities that can be involved in civil and criminal investigation where digital technologies play a significant and often deciding role. The book delves into the many aspects of digital investigations. Techniques of analysis for both ‘live’ (powered on) and ‘dead’ (powered off) computers are discussed. Suspect and victim interview techniques unique to digital investigations are presented."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
"I would highly recommend the book to anyone in the field of digital investigation, computer forensics, or who may just have an interest in the fascinating world of cybercrime investigation. This is a must read for any aspiring novice cybercrime investigator and the seasoned professional computer guru as well as a needed addition to any digital investigator’s library."--Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, Volume 8(2), 2013
"This book offers a complete picture of a cybercrime investigation, and with the author's clear and interesting writing, it manages to give aspiring digital forensic investigators a good idea of what such a job entails when working with law enforcement. It's a very easy and engaging read."--
Help Net Security online, September 5, 2013

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