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

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What Is Computer Forensics?

For the purposes of this text, we define computer forensics as the art and science of applying computer science knowledge and skills to aid the legal process. That’s right—both art and science. Although plenty of science is attributable to computer forensics, most successful investigators possess a nose for investigations and a skill for solving puzzles, which is where the art comes in. This subtle distinction is highlighted as an effort to encourage investigators to think outside all the structure provided in the forthcoming methodologies. That’s not to say you shouldn’t follow the presented methodologies, but you should strive to use individual thought when applying methodologies, check sheets, and recommendations ...

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