Uses and Examples of Computer Forensics and Computer Investigations
In working with attorneys around the world, we have found that the number one resource we have in our favor is a strong understanding of the legal system, and how our investigation will be used or viewed. This helps our attorney clients understand how the evidence we have found will help them or potentially hurt them. By assisting attorneys in understanding what is technically important and what is not, we can greatly reduce the costs of an investigation by focusing on the areas that matter most.
The following table contains examples of how Computer Forensics can help you:
Breach of Contract
Breach of Fiduciary Duty Cases
Class Action Suits
Contract and Commission Claims
Forensic Computer Analysis
Implied Employment Contract Claims
Negligence and Negligent Retention Claims
Possession of Child Pornography
Slander and Libel Claims
Trade Secret Misappropriation
Hidden Assets and Money Files
Digital Storage Devices
Without the assistance of a computer forensics professional, you may be seeing only a small portion of the ultimate picture. Do not shortchange yourself, your case, or your client. Enlist the help of computer forensics professional to find the information essential to your case.
Successfully arguing a case means having the required information. In today’s digital world, this information is often stored on a computer or electronic media. Retrieving, analyzing and presenting this information is the realm of the computer forensics professional.
To maintain an advantage, the modern attorney must seek and retrieve all of the information, whether electronic or paper, relating to their case. However, without specific knowledge of computer systems and data storage, attorneys are at a serious disadvantage. A computer forensics professional can help you identify potential sources of evidence and ultimately obtain, analyze and present this data. This could make the difference in your case.
Computer forensics can be used to uncover potential evidence in many types of cases including, for example:
Theft of intellectual property
Unauthorized access to confidential information
Destruction of information
Illegal duplication of software
Unauthorized use of a computer
Computer forensics combines specialized techniques with the use of sophisticated software to view and analyze information that cannot be accessed by the ordinary user. This information may have been "deleted" by the user months or even years prior to the investigation, or may never have been saved to begin with - but it may still exist in whole or in part on the computer's drive.
It is always in the best interest of the attorney, the client, and the matter to locate a forensics specialist who can assist in all stages of building a case, including:
Ascertaining whether the computer(s) in question may contain information relevant to the matter.
Assisting in preparing and responding to interrogatories.
Retrieving and examining information that is accessible only through the use of forensics programs and methods.