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Hands-on Incident Response and Digital Forensics by Mike Sheward

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8 THE LAWS AND ETHICS OF DIGITAL FORENSICS

We always commence a digital forensics investigation with the assumption that we’ll one day have to defend our work in a court of law. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that we need to be cognisant of the laws applicable to our work as we go about the business of conducting an investigation. Information security in general has often found itself to be a field that draws interest from both technologists and legal professionals alike, but digital forensics unquestionably belongs slap bang in the middle of these two fields. Effective lawyers take the time to learn about the technical issues, and savvy technologists, including investigators, take the time to learn about the legalities.

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