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

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Hardware Tools

In Chapter 2, “Rules of Evidence, Case Law, and Regulation,” investigators learned the importance of tool selection and tools’ relationship to evidence admission in court. Peer review and testing of hardware and software used in the collection of digital evidence are of the highest importance. However, the investigator is still responsible for testing and understanding of the tools (software and hardware). Furthermore, information technology (IT) innovation advances at a tremendous rate, requiring investigators to be constantly vigilant for new tools, for some of which no peer reviews may exist. Criminals are always coming up with new ways to use technology in crime, which can cause a forensics investigator to repurpose tools ...

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