What Is Computer Forensics?

Before you can answer the question, “What is computer forensics?” you should address the question, “What is forensics?” The American Heritage Dictionary defines forensics as “the use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts in criminal or civil courts of law.”

Essentially, forensics is the use of science to process evidence so you can establish the facts of a case. The individual case being examined could be criminal or civil, but the process is the same. The evidence has to be examined and processed in a consistent scientific manner. This is to ensure that the evidence is not accidentally altered and that appropriate conclusions are derived from that evidence.

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