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A look at forensics today

Today’s digitally connected generation may be unable to relate to the “good old days” before everyone walked around with a mobile phone and unlimited data usage.  And as important as it seems today to be able to successfully navigate digital data and fields such as computer forensics – especially when it comes to criminal matters – the act of investigations has been used by civilizations for centuries.

An important history of forensics

The history of forensics spans back over many thousands of years. One of the earliest recorded uses of forensics dates back to early Chinese civilization where they used primitive measures to collect fingerprint data to help prosecute criminals. The Chinese people understood that because all fingerprints are unique, they could be a reliable way to identify a person – particularly a person at a scene of a crime.

It is still to this day one of the most famous and widely used techniques today.

In 1836, a Scottish chemist named James Marsh developed a chemical test to detect arsenic, which was used during a murder trial. Nearly a century later, in 1930, scientist Karl Landsteiner won the Nobel Prize for classifying human blood into its various groups. His work paved the way for the future use of blood in criminal investigations.

Other tests were developed in the mid-1900s to analyze saliva, semen and other body fluids as well as to make blood tests more precise.

Modern applications

The field of forensics has grown beyond mere laboratory work into the increasingly complex digital world. Since the later 1900’s, our understanding and implementation of forensics has advanced greatly. With new technology has come a new understanding of how to better collect and process information to compile into evidence.

However, with new technology have also come new opportunities for crime. Forensic Investigators are always on the lookout new and original ways to counter crime and stay one step ahead of the criminals. After all, who would have thought that having cell phone surveillance techniques would be important just 5 or 10 years ago?

Whether the case is related to discrimination, breach of contract, theft of intellectual property, or sexual harassment, Data Forensics will likely play a key role in the outcome of the case.

It is a little known fact that more than 93% of all commercial documents are produced and stored on a computer system, making them susceptible to being lost, stolen or subpoenaed as part of legal proceedings.  This should not come as a big surprise know that most people are now comfortable using a computer and consider it a standard, everyday tool.

Computer data is now ubiquitous, and Data Forensics has quickly become a legal necessity in today’s world.

Prudential Associates utilizes proper legal techniques to collect electronic data and mine forensic evidence.  For more information about surveillance in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC, contact Prudential Associates Investigations and Digital Forensics in Rockville, MD.