Computer forensic examiners find evidence on electronic devices and use this evidence to help reconstruct past events or activities. They use the evidence to gain a better understanding of a crime or event. It can be used to show possession and use of digital data. This section discusses how computer forensic examiners collect digital evidence. It focuses on how this evidence is collected in a criminal investigation. You need to keep in mind that almost the same process will be used in a civil investigation. An organization’s IR process also will be similar.
A computer, or any electronic device, can play one of four roles in computer crime:
Computer forensic examiners should always collect ...