PowerShell and Python Together: Targeting Digital Investigations

  • 1h 31m
  • Chet Hosmer
  • Apress
  • 2019

Bring together the Python programming language and Microsoft’s PowerShell to address digital investigations and create state-of-the-art solutions for administrators, IT personnel, cyber response teams, and forensic investigators.

You will learn how to join PowerShell's robust set of commands and access to the internals of both the MS Windows desktop and enterprise devices and Python's rich scripting environment allowing for the rapid development of new tools for investigation, automation, and deep analysis.

PowerShell and Python Together takes a practical approach that provides an entry point and level playing field for a wide range of individuals, small companies, researchers, academics, students, and hobbyists to participate.

What You’ll Learn

  • Leverage the internals of PowerShell for: digital investigation, incident response, and forensics
  • Leverage Python to exploit already existing PowerShell CmdLets and aliases to build new automation and analysis capabilities
  • Create combined PowerShell and Python applications that provide: rapid response capabilities to cybersecurity events, assistance in the precipitous collection of critical evidence (from the desktop and enterprise), and the ability to analyze, reason about, and respond to events and evidence collected across the enterprise

Who This Book Is For

System administrators, IT personnel, incident response teams, forensic investigators, professors teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs in cybersecurity, students in cybersecurity and computer science programs, and software developers and engineers developing new cybersecurity defenses

About the Author

Chet Hosmer is the founder of Python Forensics, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on the collaborative development of open source investigative technologies using Python and other popular scripting languages. He has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding forensics, digital investigation, and steganography for decades. He has made numerous appearances to discuss emerging cyber threats, including National Public Radio's Kojo Nnamdi show, ABC's Primetime Thursday, and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to cyber security and forensics with IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Salon.com, and Wired Magazine.

In this Book

  • An Introduction to PowerShell for Investigators
  • PowerShell Pipelining
  • PowerShell Scripting Targeting Investigation
  • Python and Live Investigation/Acquisition
  • PowerShell/Python Investigation Example
  • Launching Python from PowerShell
  • Loose Ends and Future Considerations