Computer forensics is the application of investigation and analysis techniques used for gathering and preserving evidence from a computing device in a way which is suitable for presentation in a court of law. The goal of computer forensics is to examine digital storage media in a forensically sound manner with the aim of identifying, preserving, recovering, analysing and presenting facts and opinions about the information stored on the media.
Use as Evidence
In court, computer forensic evidence is subject to the same stringent requirements for digital evidence. This requires the information be authentic, reliably obtained, and admissible. Different countries have specific guidelines and practices for evidence recovery. In the United Kingdom, examiners usually follow the guidelines set down by the Association of Chief Police Officers which help ensure the authenticity and integrity of evidence. While voluntary, these guidelines are widely accepted in British courts.
Need for Forensic Services
Due to our expertise in processing data stored on digital storage media, we have been approached by many law enforcement agencies, solicitors and forensic investigators, who require computer forensic analysis. Computer forensics can be required for a wide range of crimes where data is held on digital media, through to private investigations.