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Effective Incident Response Team, The by Brian Moeller, Julie Lucas

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The World of Forensics

What Is Forensics?

Forensics refers to the application of scientific methods to legal proceedings. Although these methods are normally applied to criminal cases, they may be used for civil cases as well. Forensics includes a combination of reasoning, investigative skills, and common sense, which are used to identify and explain any clues that may be present as the result of a crime. The forensics expert must be able to “think rationally and make distinctions among many variables in order to interpret the meaning of clues at a crime scene.”[1] Various forms of reasoning may be used throughout the investigation, including induction, deduction, and reduction. The final result is a theory that defines the who, what, when, why, ...

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