Defining computer forensics
Understanding corporate forensic needs Understanding law enforcement forensics needs
Training end users
Assessing your organization's needs
Computer forensics is a fascinating field. As enterprises become more complex and exchange more information online, high-tech crimes are increasing at a rapid rate. The industry has taken off in recent years , and it's no surprise that a profession once regarded as a vague counterpart of network security has grown into a science all its own. In addition, numerous companies and professionals now offer computer forensic services. A computer forensic technician is a combination of a private eye and a computer scientist. Although the ideal background for this field includes legal, technical, and law enforcement experience, a myriad of industries use professionals with investigative intelligence and technology proficiency. A computer forensic professional can fill a variety of roles such as private investigator , corporate compliance professional, or law enforcement official.
This chapter introduces you to the concept of computer forensics, while addressing computer forensic needs from both sides-corporate policy and law enforcement. It will present some real-life examples of computer crime. It will help you assess your organization's needs and discuss various training methods used for practitioners and end users.