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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Formalized Computer Forensics from the Start

Sometimes the need for formalized computer forensics methodologies is not clear to investigators at the onset of an investigation. One of the best examples is in the commercial setting when the computer of a terminated employee is given the once-over by an internal information technology staff member. We can probably imagine the orders given to the information technology (IT) staff: “Just take a look at the computer, and tell me if you find anything suspicious.” It is assumed that IT personnel know what is of importance to the company, such as trade secrets, business practices, and intellectual property. Unfortunately, if the IT staff member has not been trained in formalized computer forensics methodologies, ...

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