21. The Business of Digital Forensics

One of the lessons a field archaeologist learns early on is that in order to remain in the field, it is necessary to find funding for each project. Since archaeology is rarely a profit center (not if it’s being done legally, anyway), funding must be acquired from sources outside of revenue.

This is true of a large majority of forensic centers as well. While digital forensic can be a very profitable endeavor, a large percentage of people who read this book are more likely to find themselves in the employ of a law enforcement organization or a corporation that is bringing forensics in-house. This chapter will cover four basic topics regarding the business aspects of a digital forensics organization:

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