Cracking the Cracking

    Date24 Apr 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Learning about the ins and outs of computer forensics technology and the law make four recent releases worth investigating. Computer-based crime has given rise to a new type of evidence gathering-or forensics-and a new breed of investigator. But computer forensics is . . . Learning about the ins and outs of computer forensics technology and the law make four recent releases worth investigating. Computer-based crime has given rise to a new type of evidence gathering-or forensics-and a new breed of investigator. But computer forensics is still a young discipline, and almost no one today has been trained purely as a computer forensic analyst. Some police officers are drawn by an interest in computers, while most independent computer investigators are either former police officers or IT professionals. Forensic scientists and technicians play a critical role in law enforcement and corporate investigations.

    What all of these professionals have in common, however, is a need to know about computer and network technology, analysis tools and the law. The art and science of computer forensics calls for solid detective skills combined with sufficient knowledge to find, preserve and document computer-based evidence.

    Four computer forensics books, all published within the last year, can help guide not only professional investigators but also infosec professionals charged with protecting IT resources and tracking intruders.

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