Digital Forensics Definition and General Information
The search for ESI (electronically stored information) is commonly referred to as digital forensics, ediscovery, e-discovery, computer forensics, cyberforensics, and data discovery. This is the process in which electronic data is sought, located, and secured for the purpose of providing evidence. Data of all types can serve as evidence, including text, images, databases, e-mail, web sites, and even viruses and spyware.
What makes electronic data different from any other form of evidence is the fact that a copy created using the right tools is identical in every way and cannot be disputed. This makes digital forensics evidence stronger and more secure than any other form of forensic science.
Data is everywhere. Computers are only the "tip of the iceberg". Any storage device could contain crucial evidence. So, a hard drive is always the storage device, right? Well, it's only one of many different types of storage media. Others include smart/mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, and more.
Many types of cases could benefit from discovery of electronic data:
Documents aren't just stacks of paper anymore. The document you are reading was printed from digitally stored data. Did you know the digital file also contains every change that was made during its creation? Our Certified Computer Examiners have the tools and techniques to discover this information in most cases.
Our examiners strive to communicate technical information in non-technical terms, as well as logically understand the data being collected and how to apply it relevantly to our client's specific needs.
We provide Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) expert witness testimony and litigation support to our clients when needed.
For more information regarding this process, or to speak with one of our Case Managers, fill out our online data evidence quote form, or call 770-984-5000.