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Guide To Computer Forensics And Investigations (Book & CD)

Master the skills necessary to launch and complete a successful computer investigation with the updated fourth edition of this popular book, GUIDE TO COMPUTER FORENSICS AND INVESTIGATIONS. This resource guides readers through conducting a high-tech investigation, from acquiring digital evidence to reporting its findings. Updated coverage includes new software and technologies as well as up-to-date reference sections, and content includes how to set up a forensics lab, how to acquire the proper and necessary tools, and how to conduct the investigation and subsequent digital analysis. It is appropriate for students new to the field, or as a refresher and technology update for professionals in law enforcement, investigations, or computer security. The book features free downloads of the latest forensic software, so readers can become familiar with the tools of the trade.

Paperback: 720 pages

Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (September 28, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1435498836

ISBN-13: 978-1435498839

Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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I'll start by saying that most of the negative reviews I glanced over are pretty old, like 2004-2008, so please keep that in mind if you're looking at this book. A lot of the complaints about inaccurate information seem to have been fixed although without an older version I can't really verify too much beyond other reviewer's complaints.Background for this review: I am taking a class in this subject because I already have an AAS in Criminal Justice and hopefully this will bridge with my soon-to-be-completed AAS in CISY, as I'd like to work for law enforcement. As this class is being taught by a graduate of my school who works for a branch of the DOJ, I'm fairly confident in the information at this time. Also I haven't really noticed mistakes in the legal information, although of course anyone referring to the book must be aware that their state or country may have different laws or procedures. The book actually says that repeatedly to make the point stick.The book itself is fairly well written, in my opinion. I have trouble with some textbooks due to a learning disability and when the writing isn't plain it does not go well. This book is very readable to me. I will agree with some other reviewers that there is some repetition on some subjects, but it isn't too bad and in a way I think it can help prevent confusion. The specificity of including terms and what file system (for example) another area refers to should do well to keep the reader from making crucial mistakes if they are actually performing one of the tasks. This is especially important if the reader is working on a real case.One minor complaint I have is that some of the chapters are very long, and perhaps they could have been split in half or something.

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