Book Review: Practical Mobile Forensics

practical mobile forensics“Practical Mobile Forensics” by Satish Bommisetty, Rohit Tamma, and Heather Mahalik is a great book for both the individual looking to learn more about Mobile Forensics and those looking for a good smartphone reference book.

The book covers mobile forensics on Apple iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices. With the majority of emphasis spent on Apple and Android based product.

In “Practical Mobile Forensics” you will find extensive information on Apple and Android devices including models, features, architecture layout and security.

It covers multiple tools (commercial and open source) to obtain, decrypt, and analyze smartphones including recovering deleted files, contacts, messages and other data.

I am pretty familiar with the Android platform, so the book was a good refresher course on how to connect to and recover data from an Android Device. Though, as I am not as familiar with the iPhone platform, I found the book a great learning tool about Apple mobile devices and how they function and store data.

I did enjoy too that the author not only covered commercial/ law enforcement recovery tools, but also included numerous step-by-step tutorials in performing many of the same functions with open source utilities. The tutorials were easy to follow and the book was full of reference links to find out more information on the tools and technology behind mobile devices.

Though written from a legal forensics/ law enforcement point of view, security individuals will also find this book a good reference guide for mobile devices.

I highly recommend this book.

Available from Packt Publishing and Amazon.com.

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New Book Out: Kali Linux CTF Blueprints

Kali Linux CTF Blueprints

A new Kali Linux book written by Cameron Buchanan has recently been published. This book published by Packt Publishing focuses on using Kali Linux and other Linux versions to create “Capture the Flag” (CTF) challenges:

If you are a penetration testing team leader or individual who wishes to challenge yourself or your friends in the creation of penetration testing assault courses, this is the book for you. The book assumes a basic level of penetration skills and familiarity with the Kali Linux operating system.”

About This Book

  • Put the skills of the experts to the test with these tough and customisable pentesting projects
  • Develop each challenge to suit your specific training, testing, or client engagement needs
  • Hone your skills, from wireless attacks to social engineering, without the need to access live systems

I am a technical reviewer for a lot of security books, magazines and training material and had the honor of being one of the reviewers on this project. The book is geared for those who have had some experience as a security tester and is familiar with using Kali Linux and penetration testing tools.

I found the book interesting and really liked Cameron’s sense of humor. Though it is not a book for someone who has never used Kali before, those who are interested in how Capture the Flag type contents can be run from a technical perspective will really enjoy this book.

Check it out!