What is Digital Forensics?
A brief overview of computer forensics, mobile forensics, and other types of digital investigation.
Digital forensics is typically divided into sub-specialties by data source. For example, computer forensics involves collection of data from desktops and laptops. Similarly, mobile forensics involves collection of data from cellphones and tablets. There are many other potential sources of data including email, social media, and cloud storage. A thorough investigation often involves examination of multiple sources of data and careful comparison of the information collected from each.
Digital Forensics Can Enhance an Investigation
- collect email, text, and other communications;
- find critical documents;
- recover deleted communications and files; and
- determine the activities of a specific user at a specific time.
Digital Forensics Requires Expertise
This specialized scientific approach protects the integrity of the data and ensures it is admissible in court.