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Guide to Digital Forensics

A Concise and Practical Introduction


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science book series (BRIEFSCOMPUTER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 3-7
    3. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 9-11
    4. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 13-25
    5. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 27-35
    6. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 37-46
  3. Put it to Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 49-59
    3. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 61-70
    4. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 71-87
    5. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 89-95
    6. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 97-116
    7. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 117-122
  4. Vocabulary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 125-126
  5. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 129-132
    3. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 133-136
    4. Joakim Kävrestad
      Pages 137-138

About this book


This work introduces the reader to the world of digital forensics in a practical and accessible manner. The text was written to fulfill a need for a book that introduces forensic methodology and sound forensic thinking, combined with hands-on examples for common tasks in a computer forensic examination. The author has several years of experience as a computer forensics examiner and is now working as a university-level lecturer.

Guide to Digital Forensics: A Concise and Practical Introduction is intended for students that are looking for an introduction to computer forensics and can also be used as a collection of instructions for practitioners. The aim is to describe and explain the steps taken during a forensic examination, with the intent of making the reader aware of the constraints and considerations that apply during a fo

rensic examination in law enforcement and in the private sector. Upon reading this book, the reader should have a proper overview of the field of digital forensics, starting them on the journey of becoming a computer forensics expert.


Forensics Digital Computer security Criminal investigation Imaging Password checking

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SkövdeSkövdeSweden

About the authors

​Joakim Kävrestad is a Lecturer in informatics at the University of Skövde, Sweden, with several years of experience as a forensic expert with the Swedish police.

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“The short length provides a very good introduction to digital forensics without bogging the reader down in excessive detail and in-depth discussions. It is well written and worthy of your attention.”  (Brad Reid, Computing Reviews, April, 2018)​