Books

Review – The Basics of Digital Forensics by John Sammons



Last week I read two forensics textbooks in quick succession: I began with Eoghan Casey’s Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, and then moved on to this one. 

Maybe I just read them in the wrong order, I don’t know. But I found The Basics of Digital Forensics to be a bit too basic, and just not very well written. The information it contained was essentially useful, but it was presented in such an irritating way that I found it quite hard to get through. I got the feeling that Sammons is probably an excellent lecturer, making off-the-cuff amusing remarks and dropping anecdotes and jokes into his lessons, but it doesn’t translate well into a textbook. Perhaps I’m just a bit of a traditionalist; I do tend to like my textbooks to seem… well, textbooky

The number of spelling and grammar mistakes also didn’t help with legibility, though I could have overlooked this if the content had been more compelling. 

Ultimately, I’d recommend giving this one a miss and just diving into Casey’s massive book instead. It’s a more technically difficult read, but it’s worth it in the long run; you’ll actually learn something from that one. 

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