Knowing the Uses of Computer Forensics

Enterprise Security Magazine | Tuesday, November 24, 2020


The use of computers and the rise of cyber attacks call for an urgent use of computer forensics to stopping it.

FREMONT, CA: Computers have become a vital part of daily lives. This does not exclude criminals who are technically savvy and know how to hacking into computer network systems. Electronic evidence is playing a role in court, but obtaining IT can be complex. There have been problems of authenticity concerned with this type of evidence. But it is still used with the help of legal standards to make them admissible in court. Computer forensics is advantageous, but it also has its own disadvantages. There are advantages and disadvantages in the case of computer forensics. This makes electronic evidence a new normal. Fortunately, it has been a helpful solution wherein vital data needed for a case that has been lost, damaged can be retrieved.

The exchange of information is taking place daily over the internet. Although this may be convenient for people, it is a potential opportunity for criminals. Phishing, corporate fraud, intellectual property disputes, breach of contract, theft, and asset recovery are some of the instances wherein computer forensics can be leveraged. Apart from the technical aspect, legal painpoints are also involved. Computer forensic analysts make investigation in such a way that the electronic evidence will be admissible in court.

Computer forensics’ main benefit is its ability to search and analyze vast data quickly and efficiently. They can search for keywords in different languages, which is beneficial since cyber crimes can easily cross borders through the internet. Valuable data that has been damaged by offenders can be retrieved, which becomes vital evidence in court. Legal professionals can produce data in court that were previously impossible.

The first setback of electronic or digital evidence is making it admissible in court. Data can be modified. Thus analysts must be able to comply with standards of evidence needed in the court of law. The computer forensic analyst must show that the data does not tamper. The investigation must also be fully documented and accounted for. The cost of when retrieving data is also a major hurdle. Analysis and reporting of data can take about 15 hours, depending on the nature of the case. Another one is that when retrieving data, the analyst may inadvertently disclose privileged documents.