Book Title:

EnCase Computer Forensics: The Official EnCE: EnCase Certified Examiner Study Guide (Paperback)
by Steve Bunting, William Wei

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Book Description

Guidance Software’s EnCase product is the premier computer forensics tool on the market, used in law enforcement labs for digital evidence collection; in commercial settings for incident response and information assurance; and by the FBI and Department of Defense to detect domestic and international threats.

  • This guide prepares readers for both the CBT and practical phases of the exam that validates mastery of EnCase.
  • Written by two law enforcement professionals who are computer forensics specialists and EnCase trainers.
  • Includes the EnCase Legal Journal, essential for forensics investigators who need to be sure they are operating within the law and able to give expert testimony.
  • The CD includes tools to help readers prepare for Phase II of the certification, which requires candidates to examine computer evidence, as well as a searchable PDF of the text.

From the Back Cover

Whether monitoring the Internet for threats and chatter, capturing computer evidence, or crunching forensic data, Guidance Software’s EnCase computer forensics software is recognized as the premier computer forensics tool on the market. For investigation professionals, EnCE certification tells the world that you’ve not only mastered the use of EnCase software, but also that you’ve acquired in-depth forensics knowledge and proper techniques for conducting complex computer examinations.

Written by two law enforcement professionals who are EnCE and computer forensics experts, this official guide prepares you for both phases of the EnCE exam: a computer-based test and a hands-on test that requires you to examine computer evidence.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding Computer Hardware. Understanding computers is crucial for computer forensics experts who are frequently asked to describe systems to juries. The book explains a computer’s components, boot process, partitions, and files systems.
  • First Response. What to do and how to follow procedures when first entering a scene.
  • Acquisition of Digital Evidence. Creating EnCase boot disks; booting with EnCase boot disks; and drive-to-drive, network cable, FastBloc, Linen and Enterprise acquisitions.
  • EnCase Forensic Software Overview. Tour of EnCase environment including software, menus, and capabilities.
  • Report Writing. Sample reports from real-life cases (names changed).
  • EnCase Legal Journal. Essential information on operating within the law and giving expert testimony.

Featured on the DVD:


Test your knowledge with advanced testing software, bonus exams, and challenging exam practice questions.


Reinforce what you’ve learned with flashcards that can run on PC, Pocket PC, or Palm handheld.

Also on the DVD, the entire book in searchable and printable PDF.

About the Author

Steve Bunting is a Captain with the University of Delaware Police Department, where he is responsible for computer forensics, video forensics, and investigations involving computers. He has over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, and his background in computer forensics is extensive. He is a Certified Computer Forensics Technician (CCFT) and an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE). He was the recipient of the 2002 Guidance Software Certified Examiner Award of Excellence for receiving the highest test score on his certification examination. He holds a BS in Applied Professions/Business Management from Wilmington College and a Computer Applications Certificate in Network Environments from the University of Delaware. He has conducted computer forensic examinations for the University of Delaware and for numerous local, state, and federal agencies on an extreme variety of cases, including extortion, homicide, embezzlement, child exploitation, intellectual property theft, and unlawful intrusions into computer systems. He has testified in court on numerous occasions as a computer forensics expert. He has taught computer forensics for Guidance Software, makers of EnCase, and taught as a Lead Instructor at all course levels, including the Expert Series, with a particular emphasis on the “Internet and E-mail Examinations” course. He has been a presenter at several seminars and workshops, the author of numerous white papers, and maintains a website for cyber-crime and computer forensics issues:

William Wei, a detective in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, has been a police officer for over 15 years and is currently employed as a detective with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. He holds a BA in economics and an EdM in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. William is certified by Guidance Software as an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).
William is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and High Tech Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). William has conducted hundreds of computer-related investigations and has been qualified as an expert witness in computer forensics. He has taught computer forensics at the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) and HTCIA conferences and lectured on Internet safety throughout New Jersey.