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If there is a computer on the premises of a crime scene, the chances are very good that there is valuable evidence on that computer. If the computer and its contents are examined (even if very briefly) by anyone other than a trained and experienced computer forensics specialist, the usefulness and credibility of that evidence will be tainted.

Choosing a Computer Forensics Specialist for a Criminal Case

When you require the services of a computer forensics specialist, don’t be afraid to shop around. There are an increasing number of people who claim to be experts in the field. Look very carefully at the level of experience of the individuals involved. There is far more to proper computer forensic analysis than the ability to retrieve data, especially when a criminal case is involved. Think about computer forensics just as you would any other forensic science and look for a corresponding level of expertise.

The bottom line is that you will be retaining the services of an individual who will likely be called to testify in court to explain what he or she did to the computer and its data. The court will want to hear that individual’s own level of training and experience, not the experience of their employer. Make sure you find someone who not only has the expertise and experience, but also the ability to stand up to the scrutiny and pressure of cross-examination.

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Computer Forensics. Computer Crime Scene Investigation
Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM) (Networking Series)
ISBN: 1584500182
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 263
Authors: John R. Vacca
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