I previously posted that a book on FTK is sure to come along, since we have the best book of X-Ways and the other book on Encase. Now comes a book on FTK. Just like the XWF Guide or the upcoming Encase guide, I wouldn’t see any reason for a FTK user to not have a book on FTK.
It makes sense to have “the” book on X-Ways, “the” book on Encase, and “the” book on FTK. By having books on your major forensic suites, it is easier to compare what suite “A” does compared to tools “B” and “C” as well as how to get from point A to B using each tool.
So….how about that book on ProDiscover? Anyone? Grab the opportunity before someone else does. I promise to buy it, as I have already ordered the FTK and Encase books.
Taking WinFE to even another level on a multiboot thumbdrive. Very cool, but I spread this word to you because there are few things in life neater than a forensically bootable CD/USB with X-Ways Forensics.
Not that many years ago, you would not find a requirement of having experience with X-Ways to apply for a DFIR job. But now, some jobs recommend it and yet some others require it. This is not to say the other big players (Encase, Accessdata, etc..) are not needed or useful, just that XWF has made it to the same level at a price point that will probably not be beat with capabilities that still outpace other tools.
So……it makes sense to know a little about the tool that might put you over the edge for that next job. Of course, you need to be competent too, but like I’ve said before, “beware the examiners that use X-Ways Forensics because they probably know what they are doing.”
I’m duplicating this post from another blog because this will probably be the coolest book to come out this year in digital forensics and is a must-have. The short version as to why the book is a must-have is “duh, it’s Harlan’s latest book…and Windows 8…”
I also think this is one of those books that if not pre-ordered, will have you waiting until it is reprinted due to being over-ordered. The X-Ways Practitioner’s Guide was one of those books too, where late-comers had to wait weeks for the second printing. This book is no different, because just about all of the neat things in the book show just how much Harlan has discovered in some very neat areas of Windows 8.
One thing I learned about ordering books from Amazon, is that Amazon will pretty much match the lowest price found elsewhere. I also learned that with a pre-ordered book, you can cancel before the book is printed if you find a lower price somewhere else. The point is, pre-order the book or you may be waiting a month after everyone else gets their copy…it comes out in April ’14 and I’d expect the second printing to be needed in April ’14…
I have a detailed review of this book at http://winfe.wordpress.com. In short, it’s a really good book and of all tools to choose for the research in the book, the authors picked X-Ways Forensics. But then, that should not come as any surprise.
There’s still time to ask Santa to put this in your stocking…
Another cool little feature is that the XWFIM creates all the case folders for you in the process of the portable install. Neat.
Don’t forget, if you liked the Practitioner’s Guide to X-Ways Forensics, write a review on Amazon to let us know how you liked it (or if you didn’t…). And if you use XWF and didn’t buy the guide…you are missing out on more than a few tips and tricks that will save you dozens of keystrokes.
I cannot imagine anyone who uses XWF not having Eric Zimmerman‘s XWFIM. Every time I use it, I wonder how I did without it. XWFIM is available through the XWF support forum. It’s free, but you need a license for XWF to get it.
Eric constantly adds little things to it, much like Stefan adds ‘little’ things to X-Ways Forensics. One of the latest little additions is the selection box to “Include pre-release versions” which is pretty cool.
And if you haven’t bought the XWF Guide yet and you use the XWFIM, just click the book’s graphic and you can have the guide on your Kindle in about 30 seconds.