Many people may ask, “What is computer forensics?”
Computer Forensics (now known as Digital Forensics to reflect all things digital, not just computers) is the science of extracting electronic information, both visible and invisible, from digital devices and using it as evidence–whether in civil litigation, criminal investigations, internal investigations or anytime evidence is needed to prove a fact. With the ubiquitous nature of digital devices both in the workplace and at home, it’s little wonder why so much of today’s “evidence” is found in digital form. In fact, it’s been long established that well over 93% of corporate communication is conducted electronically. Studies have shown that more than 30% of that is NEVER printed…and it’s on pace to grow even higher.
What’s more? Many types of electronic information are not suited to be printed. Information stored in tablets, cell phones, embedded technology in appliances and other devices-all have information that could contain valuable forensic evidence, yet are not stored in a format that is readily useful when “printed”. All of these, and more, can be analyzed using Digital Forensics.
While many companies perform digital investigation services as part of a wide array of services, Vestige focuses specifically on Digital Forensics and how the information garnered from a digital device can be used in litigation. Our Computer Analysis Teams (CATs) consist of forensically-trained IT Professionals who have a deep understanding and appreciation for the unique requirements of the legal industry. This provides our clients with the best of both worlds when it comes to Computer Forensic analysis. While courts routinely accept the introduction of electronic evidence, it is still a new and often misunderstood process. Vestige’s highly-trained Forensic Analysts know how to navigate the legal system, are experts at retrieving information and understand how to get the electronic evidence admitted in court.
Our techniques are cutting-edge and withstand the scrutiny of a Daubert-Frye legal analysis. This unique combination not only ensures high levels of success in finding evidence, but that evidence will be admissible in a Daubert test. Moreover, if the evidence exists, Vestige finds it.
We can be engaged at any point within your case, however, the earlier we are brought into a case the more successful your case will be. In fact, our involvement often happens before a case is even filed. Whether assisting with the formation of your Request for Production, helping compel the other side to produce electronic evidence, or assisting you to determine which systems are relevant in the case, Vestige is well equipped to handle all aspects of your case.
Our digital investigation services include:
- Acquiring (also known as imaging) the relevant electronic information in a forensically-sound manner;
- Maintaining evidence, including establishing an air-tight Chain of Custody on all evidence and keeping evidence in a locked, controlled environment;
- Completely analyzing the information for relevant findings;
- Unlocking all of the data on the system(s), both visible and invisible;
- Organizing our findings into a comprehensive report that focuses on relevancy to your case, while still maintaining privilege;
- Testifying as to our findings, including providing our Expert Opinion;
If you’re serious about unlocking the electronic evidence that is stored on digital devices, we invite you to visit our Thought Leadership area for all of the tools that you will need to make the introduction of electronic evidence as easy as a traditional paper-based Discovery Request.
Contact Us today to discuss how Vestige’s digital investigation services can assist with your Digital Forensic matters.