- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Syngress; Study Guide ed. edition (21 November 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597491977
- ISBN-13: 978-1597491976
- Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 4.8 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,51,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Official CHFI Study Guide (Exam 312-49): for Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Paperback – 21 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Dave Kleiman (CAS, CCE, CIFI, CISM, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, MCSE) has worked in the Information Technology Security sector since 1990. Currently, he is the owner of SecurityBreachResponse.com, and is the Chief Information Security Officer for Securit-e-Doc, Inc. Before starting this position, he was Vice President of Technical Operations at Intelliswitch, Inc., where he supervised an international telecommunications and Internet service provider network. Dave is a recognized security expert. A former Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer, he specializes in computer forensic investigations, incident response, intrusion analysis, security audits, and secure network infrastructures. He has written several secure installation and configuration guides about Microsoft technologies that are used by network professionals. He has developed a Windows Operating System lockdown tool, S-Lok (www.s-doc.com/products/slok.asp ), which surpasses NSA, NIST, and Microsoft Common Criteria Guidelines. Dave was a contributing author to Microsoft Log Parser Toolkit (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 1-932266-52-6). He is frequently a speaker at many national security conferences and is a regular contributor to many security-related newsletters, Web sites, and Internet forums. Dave is a member of several organizations, including the International Association of Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners® (ISFCE), Information Systems Audit and Control Association® (ISACA), High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Network and Systems Professionals Association (NaSPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB), and ASIS International®. He is also a Secure Member and Sector Chief for Information Technology at The FBI’s InfraGard® and a Member and Director of Education at the International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA).
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As one reviewer has noted, there are weaknesses, especially in the proofreading and editing. This reflects on the publisher rather than the author as I'll detail below this. I can easily get past those weaknesses because this isn't a literary work.
As it turns out, the weaknesses were not caused by Mr. Kleiman or the other contributors to the book. In the process of acquiring the PDF that was to be included in the purchase price I learned that Syngress has been having problems, probably financially based, for quite some time. This resulted in delivering products that had not been fully prepared as was the case with this book. Mr. Kleiman as an author submitted in good faith a book to be proofread, edited and published. He provided content that easily justified the price of the book and expected Syngress to fine tune the product before releasing it.
Several days after purchasing the book I made my first of several attempts to contact Syngress and download my promised PDF copy. After several phone calls and emails I realized I was wasting my time. I then sent an email to David Kleiman and at about the same time I learned that Syngress had closed their doors and was being taken over by Elsevier. Mr. Kleiman and I exchanged emails for a month or so as he worked with the kind folks at Elsevier to get the PDF to me. About a week ago I received an email from Mr. Kleiman stating that the PDF would be available to me soon. Shortly after that I received an email from Elsevier telling me how to download the PDF. I did that and I now have it on my Kindle and can access it at any time as I originally planned. I find it to be an excellent resource and well worth the purchase price and the time spent reading it.
I commend David Kleiman and Elsevier for doing what's right.
When I got the study guide, I was relieved. FINALLY, something organized. However, I noticed that the copyright date was 2007, and there was no version number to be found anywhere. I contacted EC-Council and was advised that this official, endorsed study guide was actually for version 3, not 4. So once again, I'm going into this test without a firm grasp of what's actually covered.
That being said, this book actually covers a lot of material and is a good introduction to computer forensics investigations. I'm sure a lot of the material from v3 to v4 is similar, so it's not a total loss. It's organized very well, but compared to the EC-Council books, I could throw this book into a tornado and still be able to piece it together better than their information.
I would give this four stars as a general reference book and introduction to the field. It's definitely giving me a good foundation for the exam, and I'm sure I'll be using it as a reference book in the future. So, four stars for material - three stars for not being current. Syngress really should update this ASAP.