CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Foundations of Computer Forensics: A Technology for the Fight Against Computer Crime

Document Type

Article

Date

2004

Publication Title

Computer Law & Security Review

ISSN or ISBN

0267-3649

Volume

21

Issue

2

First Page

119

Last Page

127

Description

With the rapid advance in computer and network technology, computer-based electronic evidence has increasingly played an important role in the courtroom over the last decade. Computer forensics, a growing discipline rooted in forensic science and computer security technology, focuses on acquiring electronic evidence from computer systems to prosecute computer crimes, national security threats, and computer abuse. It has lost its mystique as a technique used solely by law enforcement and intelligence agents, and has become a popular and powerful application employed by corporations for civil disputes, employee terminations, and intellectual property proceedings. This article provides an introduction to computer forensics and outlines the associated inspection steps.

DOI

10.1016/j.clsr.2005.02.007

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