Digital forensics has expanded to cover the investigation of all devices capable of storing digital data. Though typical devices are: sat navs, personal computers and laptops, mobile phones and tablets; the evolution of intelligent devices has no boundary.
The typical forensic process encompasses the:
seizure of the device
forensic imaging (the forensic acquisition data) – this can be carried out in situ
forensic analysis of digital media
production of a forensic report of collected evidence analysed
Digital forensics investigations are much broader in scope than other areas of forensic analysis (such as fingerprint, fibre and blood – wet forensics), often involving complex time-lines (who, what, where, when, how).
Though IT forensics investigations have a variety of applications, from police computer forensics, to corporate IT security forensics; the most common digital forensic analysis supports or refutes conjecture before criminal or civil court proceedings (electronic disclosure can form part of this process). Forensics may also feature in the private sector; forming part of an internal corporate investigations or unauthorized network intrusion.
In order for the investigation to be successful, establishing where the most appropriate data for the: case, indiscretion or intrusion is; will determine the outcome of the digital forensics investigation.
There are many programmes and applications on digital devices, and life style plays a big part in understanding how data is being used and managed by the user. Tell-tale signs can often be established, if authorised access to the device by the digital forensic analyst can be granted prior to the digital forensic investigation. Inspection of the files prior to the forensic examination, to target the correct files, will keep control of time and costs.
Of all the UK digital forensic companies, CCL have the longest standing pedigree, completing more than 80,000 digital forensics engagements since the beginning of this service offering in 2001. Investigating: phones, tablets, computers, satnav’s and so much more. With the enviable, security cleared, industry respected, forensic IT analysts and developers, who can assist in the majority of your digital forensic investigations; coupled with strong R&D capability they can extract and analyse data from the more popular devices, as well as new, obscure and unsupported technology, providing you with guaranteed evidential integrity.
CCL Offer a full range of digital forensic services, from: first response, full forensic analysis, e-Disclosure through to reporting and providing expert witness in court.