Using Proper Techniques In Data Forensics

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Using Proper Techniques In Data Forensics

It is always important to use the proper techniques when conducting an investigation using data forensics tools. Without applying the correct context to which data is extracted, the resulting evidence may not stand up in court. If the evidence, or data, extracted is not correctly withdrawn, it may not be defensible in court and will be dismissed; costing you the case.

It is also essential to use the correct legal techniques when investigating data, as many methods are not allowed to be carried out without consent, or without meeting certain requirements. One way to help protect yourself in this instance is to contact a professional private investigator, such as USA Investigators, who are able to meet the accountability criteria required.

Why Use Data Forensics?

The form of data recovery used varies largely on the type of media or environment that the data is located within and may be acquired using any number of data forensic tools. This flexibility and technological benefit is what gives data mining its desirability. The data obtained can also be used as evidence and can help restore missing or impartial data or help record detailed histories of how networks are used.

Common reasons for using data forensics include:

  • Recovery: Where data is lost, stolen, missing or otherwise damaged, private investigators may be able to help secure original or sensitive data and track its history.
  • Evidence: Where original form or forensically decipherable data must be used as legal representation or evidence, data mining can help locate and present this information.

Just as there are as many places where data may be mined, such as social media networks, web sites, USB pens, hard drives, computers, networks and mobile devices; there are many different reasons why companies or individuals may pursue a forensic investigation.

Please note: The ability to document the desirable results is critical to many corporate lawsuits, and as such, proper data extraction techniques must always be used to ensure liability is sought.

Examples of When to Use Data Forensics

Data recovery may assist in litigation consultation, compliance, risk management, forensic examination and ESI data recovery, or anytime documentation of data is required. Private investigators may also be able to present data that has an integral or secure custody, media acquisition or access control of detail collection logs which may otherwise be unavailable to I.T. technicians.

These techniques may also help you prevent unauthorized downloads, illegal activity or counter-action against your company by more closely monitoring your network. Where data may be sensitive, private investigators can help you preserve your data in the truest context before use as evidence and can help monitor and store confidential information or sensitive data.

Whether you need to acquire data from a logical or physical level, USA Investigators has the correct resources and tools for the task and offer years of data research and successful data extraction experience. Contact us today to find out how they can help you with all your computer forensic requirements.