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

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Boilerplates

One of the difficulties in creating boilerplates to guide any type of operation is that they must be general enough to be useful in an array of situations but detailed enough to be helpful. Many forensics investigators are hesitant to create standard operating procedures (SOPs), boilerplates, and other guiding directives because they fear that if they do not follow them, they will be impeached at trial with the ever-painful: “Investigator Name, I have here your SOP, which states you should have done X, but you did Y. Can you explain your disregard for procedure?” The solution to this fear, as alluded to earlier, is to generalize the level of detail and to publish guidelines to assist in decision making, not to act as a step-by-step ...

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