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June 03, 2021
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March 31, 2021
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One of those common questions asked by attorneys to the DFIR professional is “Why do you charge so much? All you are doing is pushing buttons.” Th...
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DFIR Review – Year in Review Jessica Hyde > Hi!  We at DFIR Review wanted to take a moment to share some of the great things all the volunteers ...
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The Basics of Digital Forensics: The Primer for Getting Started in Digital Forensics 2nd Edition

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The Basics of Digital Forensics provides a foundation for people new to the digital forensics field. This book teaches you how to conduct examinations by discussing what digital forensics is, the methodologies used, key tactical concepts, and the tools needed to perform examinations. Details on digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud and the Internet are discussed. Also, learn how to collect evidence, document the scene, and how deleted data can be recovered.

The new Second Edition of this book provides you with completely up to date real world examples and all the key technologies used in digital forensics, as well as new coverage of network intrusion response, how hard drives are organized, and electronic discovery. You'll also learn how to incorporate quality assurance into an investigation, how to prioritize evidence items to examine (triage), case processing, and what goes into making an expert witness.

The Second Edition also features expanded resources and references, including online resources that keep you current, sample legal documents, and suggested further reading.

  • Learn what Digital Forensics entails
  • Build a toolkit and prepare an investigative plan
  • Understand the common artifacts to look for in an exam
  • Second Edition features all new coverage of hard drives, triage, network intrusion response, and electronic discovery; as well as updated case studies, expert interviews, and expanded resources and references

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Syngress; 2nd edition (December 29, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0128016353
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0128016350

John Sammons

John Sammons is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences at Marshall University. He also serves as the Director of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance Program.

John is the author or co-author of several books and book chapters including the best-selling “The Basics of Digital Forensics” published by Syngress. In 2013, “The Basics” was nominated for Digital Forensics Book of the Year by Forensic 4 Cast. This book is currently in its second edition and has been translated into Korean.

His other books include “Digital Forensics: Threatscape and Best Practices,” and “The Basics of Cyber Safety: Computer and Mobile Device Safety Made Easy.” John co-authored the digital forensics chapter in Douglas Ubelaker's book "Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions." The book is co-published with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. John also authored the digital forensics chapter in the book "Information Security: A Strategic-Based Approach."

His next book, “Digital Forensics Trial Graphics: Teaching the Jury through Effective Use of Visuals” is due to be published in the Spring of 2017 by Academic Press.

He is a former Huntington Police officer. John spent the majority of his career as a detective investigating drug trafficking in and around the Huntington area. John’s investigative work was recognized by the United States Department of Justice when he received their award for public service. While at HPD, John was one of the lead firearms and tactics instructors. In addition to his teaching duties at HPD, he regularly taught patrol tactics at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

As a part-time investigator for the Cabell County (WV) Prosecutor's Office, John works as a part-time examiner in the West Virginia State Police Digital Forensics laboratory. John is a member of the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also serves as a Fusion Center Liaison Officer for the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center.

Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall, John co-founded Second Creek Technologies, a digital forensics and electronic discovery firm located in Barboursville, West Virginia. While at Second Creek, John served as the Managing Partner and CEO. 

John is an adjunct instructor at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center where he teaches advanced digital forensics and firearms to graduate students.

John routinely provides training for the legal and law enforcement communities in the areas of digital forensics, investigations, and electronic discovery. 

He is the founder and President of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. AIDE is a non-profit organization that provides research and training for digital evidence professionals including attorneys, judges, law enforcement, and information security practitioners in the private sector. 

John holds multiple certifications including the AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), the Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO), and the Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA).

He is a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, and Infragard.