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

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Planning

In this, our final chapter prior to the actual collection of digital evidence, investigators will be introduced to planning and organizational skills to assist in tool selection for each operation. Many time-honored sayings can be attributed to the need for thoughtful planning and preparation. One such saying comes to mind—the seven Ps of planning, which state: “Proper prior planning prevents particularly poor performance.” The importance of planning in computer forensics operations cannot be overemphasized for many obvious, and not-so-obvious, reasons. Because each computer forensics collection operation can vary so greatly, investigators will need to have a playbook from which to operate, similar to what a sports team coach would ...

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