New Releases From Syngress

Syngress, by far the best publisher of digital forensics and general security books, has just released a new batch of books that are of great interest to all general forensics investigators and researchers. We have featured three of these books in our regular DFM competition as a prize for any subscriber answering the ‘really difficult’ security question posed by our editorial team. The three books up for grabs are:

  1. Virtualization and Forensics
  2. Digital Triage Forensics
  3. Digital Forensics for Network, Internet and Cloud Computing

All three topics are especially interesting as these books cover the most prevalent of emerging problems for the forensic analyst. File carving, imaging and traditional use of products, such as enCase and FTK are still right at the top of the list when it comes to ‘things the digital forensic analyst does every day’, however, it’s been recognized for a while now that cloud computing is just around the corner, and when computing power and storage moves into the cloud, forensic investigating will be very different. We’ll be relying on software services and auditing services provided by cloud utility vendors, and with the ‘international’ issues that cloud suddenly introduces, such as ‘how do you get a warrant for data that is stored in a data center in India?’ it will certainly be an interesting future.

I would strongly recommend that you read Digital Forensics for Network, Internet and Cloud Computing by Terrence V. Lillard, Clint P. Garrison, Craig A. Schiller and James Steele, as this books really does cover a plethora of issues that we’ll all have to face, maybe sooner than we think.

Also, as a special offer, Syngress has offered the Digital Triage Forensics book at half price for a limited time. The following was posted on Twitter:

“Learn from the experts who coined the term Digital Triage Forensics. Get the book for 1/2 price w/ code 31884.

Again, I’d certainly recommend this book and after reading through it (yes, I get these sent to me for review purposes so I have it on my desk as I type), it looks great. It’s written by the guys who coined the use of the word Triage in this context, so they know what they are talking about, and unlike many real technical books this one really does dig into the investigative techniques that should be used at the crime scene, including quite an interesting analysis of ‘Battlefield Crime Scenes’, where a triage approach is by far the only way to successfully approach the forensics problem.

Tony Campbell