The Syngress Digital Forensic Field Guides series is a hand-held companion for any digital and computer forensic investigator and analyst. Each book is a "tool" with checklists for specific tasks, case studies of difficult situations, and expert analyst tips. Growth in technology has resulted in more technology crimes spurring the need for more computer forensics analysts and investigators. A Computer Forensics Analyst, recovers data from digital media that will be used in criminal prosecution. Digital media refers to all methods of electronic data storage and transfer devices including computers, laptops, PDAs and the images, spreadsheets and other types of files stored on these devices. Many forensics analysts work across a variety of platforms for different job.
About the Author
- A condensed hand-held guide complete with on-the-job tasks and checklists
- Specific for Windows-based systems, the largest running OS in the world
- Authors are world-renowned leaders in investigating and analyzing malicious code
Cameron H. Malin is Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to a Cyber Crime squad in Los Angeles, California, where he is responsible for the investigation of computer intrusion and malicious code matters. Special Agent Malin is the founder and developer of the FBI’s Technical Working Group on Malware Analysis and Incident Response. Special Agent Malin is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) as designated by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as designated by the International Information Systems Security Consortium, a GIAC certified Reverse-Engineering Malware Professional (GREM), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), as designated by the SANS Institute.
Eoghan Casey is founding partner of cmdLabs, author of the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, and coauthor of Malware Forensics. For over a decade, he has dedicated himself to advancing the practice of incident handling and digital forensics. He helps client organizations handle security breaches and analyzes digital evidence in a wide range of investigations, including network intrusions with international scope. He has testified in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. Eoghan has performed thousands of forensic acquisitions and examinations, including Windows and UNIX systems, Enterprise servers, smart phones, cell phones, network logs, backup tapes, and database systems. He has performed vulnerability assessments, deployed and maintained intrusion detection systems, firewalls and public key infrastructures, and developed policies, procedures, and educational programs for a variety of organizations. In addition, he conducts research and teaches graduate students at Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, is editor of the Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation, and is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's International Journal of Digital Investigation.
James M. Aquilina, Esq. is the Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a consulting and technical services firm specializing in computer forensics; cyber-crime response; private investigations; and the preservation, analysis and production of electronic data from single hard drives to complex corporate networks. As the head of the Los Angeles Office, Mr. Aquilina supervises and conducts digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations and oversees large digital evidence projects. Mr. Aquilina also consults on the technical and strategic aspects of anti-piracy, antispyware, and digital rights management (DRM) initiatives for the media and entertainment industries, providing strategic thinking, software assurance, testing of beta products, investigative assistance, and advice on whether the technical components of the initiatives implicate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and anti-spyware and consumer fraud legislation. His deep knowledge of botnets, distributed denial of service attacks, and other automated cyber-intrusions enables him to provide companies with advice to bolster their infrastructure protection.
"No fluff! The authors present tools and how to use them right out of the gate along with thoughtful advice from their deep experience in the subject."-Stephen Northcutt, President, The SANS Technology Institute "Dissecting the dark side of the Internet with its infectious worms, botnets, rootkits, and Trojan horse programs (known as malware) is a treaterous condition for any forensic investigator or analyst. Written by information security experts with real-world investigative experience, Malware Forensics Field Guide for Windows Systems is a tool with checklists for specific tasks, case studies of difficult situations, and expert analyst tips. This is a condensed hand-held guide complete with on-the-job tasks and checklists. It is specific for Windows-based systems, the largest running OS in the world. Authors are world-renowned leaders in investigating and analyzing malicious code."--VinBoiSoft Blog "As suggested by the title, the authors make no pretension to teach the basics of digital forensics or to provide in- depth explanations.Instead this book acts as reference for professionals involved specifically in malware forensics and aims to provide a handy checklist of procedures and suitable software.Overall the book gives a very thorough set of guidelines and checklists for professionals in the field and should provide information for almost all circumstances when working and should be particularly useful to anyone finding themself without internet access while on a forensics job. As mentioned earlier, this is not a book for the beginner and should be supplemented by other materials if the reader has limited experience."--BCS.com
Chapter 1. Malware Incident Response: Volatile Data Collection and Examination on a Live Windows System Chapter 2. Memory Forensics: Analyzing Physical and Process Memory Dumps for Malware Artifacts Chapter 3. Post-Mortem Forensics: Discovering and Extracting Malware and Associated Artifacts from Windows Systems Chapter 4. Legal Considerations Chapter 5. File Identification and Profiling Initial Analysis of a Suspect File on a Windows System Chapter 6. Analysis of a Suspect Program Appendix A: Tool Glossary