I read a lot. I write a lot. I work a lot. Sometimes these things coincide. One of the ways they coincide is through writing books about my day job, for which I also read books other people have written.

Here are a few of my favourite digital forensics books I’ve read over the past few years, which I’d recommend if you’re looking for relevant reading material.  (more…)

Mobile forensics is a growing subsection of digital forensic investigation. With the proliferation of devices, applications and operating systems available nowadays, it’s increasingly becoming a vital and complex field. The skillset needed to accurately acquire evidence from mobile devices may seem dauntingly wide-ranging, especially when so many of us are dealing with backlogs in the first place. How are we supposed to keep up to date with this ever-evolving challenge?

Luckily we have books like this to help us out. (more…)

iOS Forensics Cookbook was written by Bhanu Birani and Mayank Birani with the aim of providing a resource to help forensic practitioners to handle and extract data from iOS devices.

It is important to note that this book is aimed at people who already have a significant level of technical knowledge. While it does explain where data are stored, for example, it does so only in brief and as part of practical exercises. Anyone who has a low level of familiarity with the subject or is put off by the idea of reading through lines of code will have difficulty understanding the majority of this book.

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A lot of people seem fascinated when I tell them what I do for a living (well, one of the things), so I thought I’d write a blog post about it.

The specific strand of my life that generates all the interest is forensic investigation. To be fair, it is a pretty awesome job and I do feel like a badass when I’m doing it. But a lot of it is way less glamourous than people seem to expect, probably because they’ve watched too much CSI.

So what do I do, if it’s not all ultra-glamourous labs, flashy command lines and 45-minute mysteries?

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