Computer forensics is the use of digital data to solve a crime.  It is a scientific discipline, and as with any area of forensics, close adherence to the law is important.  Computer forensics has been used in may different types of criminal investigations but can also be used in civil litigation or as part of incident response to a network intrusion.


Computer forensics has grown in importance because more of our lives are being captured by technology.  Information about our lives is being recorded on our computers, on our cellular telephones, and across the World Wide Web, especially through social networking websites.  Facebook, for example, has more than half a billion members and provides a wealth of information for investigators-from photographs, to clues about a user's password, to gaining knowledge about a suspect's networks of friends or accomplices.


Hayes Darren R, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COMPUTER FORENSICS INVESTIGATIONS, PEARSON  2014

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