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An introduction to Data Forensics

You may have watched popular forensic-themed shows on TV such as “CSI” or “NCIS”, or followed publicized law suits where forensic evidence was discussed as being vital to a case, but how much do you really know about the use of data forensics in the real word?   And in this blog post, we will take a closer look at what these terms mean and how they can be applied to help you in the event you need these types of services.

With many sub-category fields of forensics thrown in to our awareness every day, and each as in-depth and extensive as the next, it can be difficult and daunting to know where to start. Many people spend years educating themselves in specific forensic fields and still learn new and improved techniques.


The term “Data Forensics” sounds like a high tech process reserved only for those select cases encompassing proprietary technology. However, data speaks volumes, and Data Forensics can really make it talk.

Recent news coverage of the Martha Stewart trial, the resignation of Connecticut Governor John Rowland, Verizon’s prosecution of an employee that stole $20M in PIN codes, and ongoing investigations at Enron and WorldCom have demonstrated the importance of Data Forensics, which is now routinely being used in cases of all types.

Relevance to our increasingly digital world

Whether the issue is discrimination, breach of contract, theft of intellectual property, or sexual harassment, Data Forensics will likely play a role in the collection of the data as part of the legal proceedings.

The fact is over 93% of all commercial documents are produced and stored on a computer system.  Most people are now comfortable using a computer and consider it a standard, everyday tool, so much so that an estimated 147 million people across the country use e-mail, almost every day. Computer data is now ubiquitous, and Data Forensics has quickly become a legal necessity.

Don’t forget to take into consideration the rapidly increasing pace of data utilization for mobile phones.  With more and more business and data being conducted via mobile devices, the importance of a technique such as mobile phone surveillance are now more important than ever.

Finding the right help for your case

Prudential Associates and our team of professional investigators (home page) are here to help guide you through the process step-by-step including:

  • Utilizing the correct legal techniques to collect electronic data (which is simply raw, unprocessed information).
  • Compiling a full case file which is then sent as processed information, or evidence, to a legal representative who will handle your case.

At Prudential Associates, our specialty is Data Forensics. Some of the types of Data Forensic investigation services we offer are as follows:

Cyber forensics:The monitoring of all data on a computer that has Internet access.

Network forensics.: The collecting and analyzing of network data – either online, between shared computers, hard drives or any other viable way data can be transferred.

Mobile forensics: The monitoring of all cellular data and call logs to intercept data.

We are always searching for new and innovative ways to collect data; so you can rest assured you will be well looked after and the evidence secured will be off the highest caliber.

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