window._mfq = window._mfq || []; (function() { var mf = document.createElement("script"); mf.type = "text/javascript"; mf.async = true; mf.src = "//cdn.mouseflow.com/projects/0148bb62-7ff8-46ae-a466-bf3fd13c7d09.js"; document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(mf); })();
407-478-6600    Get SUPPORT

TaylorWorks Blog

Tech Term: Computer Forensics, Defined

Tech Term: Computer Forensics, Defined

Pop culture gives us an impression of what cyber investigations look like. Official-looking people, in impeccable suits, typing away at terminals and analyzing the data scrolling past them on their heads-up displays. In reality, computer forensics (as they are actually called) are a little less dramatic, and much more serious. For today’s tech term, we’ll dig into the field of computer forensics.

What are Computer Forensics, and What Are They Used For?
Computer forensics can be defined as the application of certain specialized techniques to locate and analyze the information on a computer or computer system, protecting it for use as evidence in a trial. Once the requisite warrants have been acquired, a forensic technician is tasked with isolating the device from outside influence by disconnecting it from the Internet before copying every file and poring over their contents for evidence.

The investigator must make a copy of these files so as to preserve the original evidence. Accessing a file can be enough to change it slightly, potentially rendering their evidence inadmissible.

Computer forensics can be leveraged in a wide variety of cases, as any given device may contain evidence of a crime to be, or that was, perpetrated, as well as effectively be the scene of the crime itself. An investigation dives deep, not only focusing on the presence of files, emails, or other documents pertinent to the case on the device, but also on an analysis of these items’ metadata, as it reveals when data appeared on a computer, when it was edited and saved last, and who the user was that carried out these actions.

These methods have been used to crack cases involving a dirty laundry list of crimes, as this sample of their uses suggests:

  • Intellectual Property Theft and Industrial Espionage
  • Employment Disputes
  • Bankruptcy Investigations
  • Inappropriate Email and Internet Usage in the Workplace
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Forgeries and Fraud Investigations

Alternative Sources of Analysts
Of course, law enforcement are not the only bodies that maintain and utilize computer forensics labs. Six major companies, including Walmart, American Express, and Target, have accredited laboratories, and there are countless other independent labs that have not been accredited. These in-house labs can often outperform traditional law enforcement groups, as they are better able to keep their solutions on the cutting edge.

In fact, these labs are often recruited by law enforcement to assist in solving crimes. Target’s labs have announced in the past that they have assisted with “felony, homicide, and special-circumstances cases” on a volunteer basis for years, a spokesperson claiming in 2008 that a full quarter of cases worked by Target’s laboratory had nothing to do with the company.

How Does Your Technology Compare?
If you want a team on your side that will take as much care to protect your solutions as a computer forensics team does to track down cybercrime, give TaylorWorks a call at 407-478-6600.

Does Outsourcing Your Business’ Network Security M...
Monitoring and Automation Make for a More Secure S...
 

Comments 1

Isaiah Dennis on Monday, 22 October 2018 08:07

This is the show of the America which has only influence the greatest part of the forensics shows on the any computer to cover up. Intellectual of the system to inadmissible of the https://australianwritings.net/ website will computer forensics have all about.

This is the show of the America which has only influence the greatest part of the forensics shows on the any computer to cover up. Intellectual of the system to inadmissible of the https://australianwritings.net/ website will computer forensics have all about.
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, January 16 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Cloud Network Security Best Practices Business Computing Managed IT Services Data Backup Privacy Hackers Hosted Solutions Malware Data Recovery VoIP Mobile Devices Email Data Outsourced IT Google User Tips Tech Term Innovation Internet Microsoft Backup Business Continuity Hardware Internet of Things Cloud Computing BDR Saving Money Business Communications Software IT Services Cybersecurity Efficiency Communication Ransomware Smartphone Productivity IT Support Smartphones Cybercrime Android Router Managed IT Services Artificial Intelligence Small Business Applications Network IT Support Disaster Recovery Workplace Tips Windows 10 Chrome Browser Law Enforcement Managed IT Computer Business Management Phishing Gadgets How To Information Mobility Mobile Device Collaboration Server Windows Money Spam Mobile Device Management Word BYOD Two-factor Authentication Business Intelligence Save Money Computers Blockchain Access Control Data Security Avoiding Downtime Data Protection Holiday Virtualization Office 365 Miscellaneous Software as a Service Upgrade Document Management Social Media Managed Service Identity Theft Automation Connectivity Compliance Alert Proactive IT Servers Encryption Machine Learning Firewall Bandwidth Wi-Fi Passwords Social Engineering Apps Productivity Vulnerability Settings Redundancy Analysis IT Management App Remote Monitoring Training Telephone Systems Facebook Voice over Internet Protocol Password Windows 7 Data Breach Information Technology Comparison Keyboard Private Cloud Spam Blocking Telephony Unsupported Software Work/Life Balance Data Storage CES Sports File Sharing Value Operating System Credit Cards Update Content Management Botnet Virtual Assistant Scam Unified Threat Management Fraud Networking Paperless Office Data loss Workers Telephone System Mobile Computing Hacker Smart Tech Budget Employer-Employee Relationship Microsoft Office Google Docs Human Resources OneNote Google Drive Big Data Business Owner Infrastructure Flexibility VPN Education Bring Your Own Device Solid State Drive Website IT Plan Emails Remote Work Staff Healthcare Recovery Mouse Hard Drives Cast Fiber-Optic Nanotechnology Data Management Outlook Criminal Wire Tools Practices Safe Mode Conferencing Display Password Manager Storage Samsung Remote Worker Computing Infrastructure Online Shopping Accountants HVAC Network Congestion Help Desk Multi-Factor Security Charger Regulations Digital Signature Electronic Health Records Downtime Administrator Wireless Government Cables Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions Specifications Computer Fan Virtual Private Network Public Cloud Root Cause Analysis Hosted Computing Save Time Business Technology Security Cameras Trending Business Mangement Risk Management Wiring Skype Evernote Enterprise Content Management Electronic Medical Records Patch Management IT Consultant Shortcuts Cortana Software Tips Proactive Microchip Unified Communications Devices Excel Millennials Smart Office FENG Project Management Managed Service Provider Meetings Inventory Physical Security Augmented Reality Lifestyle Gmail Addiction Windows 10s GDPR End of Support Start Menu Wireless Charging IoT Password Management Virtual Reality Leadership eCommerce Netflix Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Flash Strategy YouTube Black Market Content Filtering Wireless Technology Data Warehousing WiFi Theft Thought Leadership Health Office Tips Tip of the week Workforce Instant Messaging Warranty PDF Travel Hacking The Internet of Things Recycling Cache HIPAA SaaS E-Commerce Marketing Mobile NIST Worker Commute Social Technology Tips Streaming Media Legal Entertainment Cleaning Line of Business HaaS Amazon Battery Current Events Search Engine Google Apps Windows Server 2008 Telecommuting Students USB Printer Screen Mirroring Authentication HBO eWaste Wireless Internet Remote Computing Audit Camera Professional Services Insurance Cryptocurrency webinar Vendor Content Filter Computer Care MSP Users Sync Amazon Web Services Knowledge Bing Vendor Management History Customer Service Troubleshooting CrashOverride Scalability Assessment Printers Search Mobile Office Bluetooth Smart Technology Relocation Emergency Domains Webinar Techology Shadow IT Hosted Solution Humor Experience Television Twitter Internet Exlporer Public Speaking Content IT solutions User Error Presentation Music Public Computer Hybrid Cloud Lithium-ion battery Worker Employee/Employer Relationship Politics Loyalty Audiobook Tech Support Utility Computing Hiring/Firing 5G Smartwatch IBM Wearable Technology Safety Rootkit Video Games Fun Internet exploMicrosoft Employer Employee Relationship Transportation Quick Tips Company Culture Books Regulation Files Customer Relationship Management How to Competition Automobile Advertising IP Address Computer Accessories Benefits Office Best Practice Colocation Managing Stress Two Factor Authentication

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite