Computer Forensic & Computer Forensic Analysis


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The purpose of any computer forensic analysis is to determine if any illegal, unauthorised or unusual activities have taken place by capturing and securing data from a computer or digital storage media.

Widespread and universal use of computers and digital media means that crucial evidence stored on computers must be taken into consideration in any legal, civil or criminal investigation. Therefore computer forensic analysis can involve forensic examination of laptops, desktops, and hard drives, memory cards, USB hard discs, floppy disks, CD's, DVD's and any other form of digital storage media as well as networks and network attached storage devices in order to gather evidence for any litigation.

Computer Forensic Analysis is used in a wide variety of civil and legal proceedings including:

  • Employee Computer Misuse: This type of investigation may focus on an employee's computer to see if any activities were in breach of the organisationís computer user policy or to establish whether the employee is involved in passing on business secrets to competitors;

  • Paedophilia: This type of investigation mainly focuses on data stored on the computer and entails the recovery of pictures, videos, emails, browsing history and chat logs. Any of this data may prove or disprove paedophilic activity or use of child pornography on a given computer.

  • Crime Investigation: This type of investigation involves gathering information on any electronic communications, emails, exchange of data, recovery of data, capturing and securing any documentary evidence stored on a computer, any of which may show communication with third parties that may identify or lead to a criminal or any criminal activity;

  • Fraud: Fraud investigation may involve the examination of several forms of data stored on any given computer or associated computer network. The data analysed will depend on the type of investigation and may include the examination of internet browsing history, chat logs and cached web pages to trace any financial transactions or detect the production of any forged and fraudulent documents in order to commit fraud; There are two types of Computer Forensic Analyses:

  • Full Forensic Analysis:

    Full forensic analysis will include the interrogation of all data storage areas of a submitted exhibit; including the recovery and analysis of data from any storage device with detailed information analysis. The information gleaned from this type of investigation is suitable to be used in any legal or civil proceedings.

  • Preview Forensic Analysis:

    Preview Forensic Analysis will include the interrogation of the live data storage areas. This form of analysis will identify if there is any information present that would sufficiently warrant a Full Forensic Analysis. However the evidence found in this type of investigation is not strong enough to be used in civil or legal proceedings and is considered preliminary.

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