- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Course Technology ISE; 5 edition (15 January 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1285060032
- ISBN-13: 978-1285060033
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 975 g
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Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations (with DVD) Paperback – International Edition, 15 Jan 2015
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#BeUnstoppable with Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations (with DVD)
Master skills to launch & conduct a digital investigation.
Text guides you through conducting a high-tech investigation, from acquiring digital evidence to reporting its findings.
Illustrations provide a deeper look.
Expansive artwork brings chapter concepts to life. Cutaway views of hard drives present a difficult concept like the anatomy of a disk in a way you can easily understand.
Test your comprehension.
Review Questions, Hands-On Projects, and Case Projects give you the opportunity to practice skills you have learned.
Tying the content to professional practice.
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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. My class is doing one chapter a week which doesn't sound bad until you realize how long chapter six is, for example. But again this is just a minor complaint and it's only because I'm taking other classes as well so I am busy.
Our class is online, so we are not using the CD, but others have said that a used copy of this book will have disabled the access, so bear that in mind and ask the seller before buying used. I have done some parts of some of the exercises, as I had to use VM Ware and various operating systems in other classes and there was overlap, but mostly we're doing the questions out of the book and discussion so our class is more theoretical. That being said, I can't easily verify how updated or accurate they are (although the book does not mention Windows 7 or 8, so keep that in mind). They do seem to be well laid out though.
From what I learned in my CJ classes, the non-computer info (aka investigations, evidence handling, etc) is pretty accurate and even though not super in-depth, should at least provide a jumping off point to learn more on your own.
So in closing, the fourth edition seems to be much improved from the old ones and I think this book is worth checking out if you have an interest in computer forensics and can justify the purchase.