The Dangers of DIY Digital Forensics

One of the most common areas our digital forensics team is tasked with investigating are employment matters, though any legal dispute can benefit from having a skilled forensics team.

A digital forensics expert can help retrieve hidden or hard-to-find data while simultaneously preserving evidence to ensure admissibility. As you may know, a digital forensics team can assist with multiple types and sources of data, including:

  • Communications via email, mobile messaging, or third-party apps
  • Recreating timelines of device- or specific-file activity
  • Recently accessed, modified, or deleted data
  • Data collection from personal devices to corporate servers

If you or someone on your team is tech-savvy, you might be tempted to perform some digital forensics tasks in-house. However, the dangers of self-collection are numerous, including:

  • Unintentionally corrupting data, resulting in inadmissible evidence
  • Missing locations containing relevant data
  • Failure to find information that could make or break a case
  • A lack of credible testimony about what the data represents

Though it may be tempting to engage in self-collection, the risk of encountering problems or compromising a case is high. To ensure data is collected in a forensically sound manner, we highly recommend working with a digital forensics expert who can not only facilitate proper data collection, but also testify on the collection methods.

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