Computer (or ‘Digital’) Forensics: The practice of gathering, analysing, and preserving data from digital media (computers, mobile phones, etc.) in an authentic, accurate and complete form so that it may be acceptable as evidence in a court of law. This evidence may include, but is not limited to, deleted emails or files, computer logs, indecent images, spreadsheets and accounting information.
Given the pervasiveness of computers in our lives, it is hardly surprising that a nexus exists between crime and computers. As personal computer use has exploded, so too has the number of people willing to use computers to commit crimes or other wrongdoings. As a result, almost any type of investigation and litigation today may rely on evidence obtained from computer systems.
Digital evidence from computer forensic analysis can prove to be a deciding factor in a legal case. It may be used to show that a crime has been committed, identify suspects, defend innocent parties, or help understand the motives and intent of individuals.
At Fields Associates our digital forensic experts recover evidence and analyse data, whilst at all times maintaining a strict chain of custody to ensure that the evidence is preserved in its original form and therefore admissible in a court of law.