Experts in this field are specialists who have focused their studies on forensic investigation of computers and other digital data storage devices, specifically those to do with software. Forensics relates to the scientific processes used to investigate crime. In this situation it relates to the investigation of incriminating evidence that was found on software: examples include identifying and interpreting user data of certain applications, analysing what someone might have accessed via that software, and accessing the data or files stored on an application. It differs from other forms of digital analysis in that it does not pertain to physical devices such as hard-drives.
In today’s world, digital crime, or crime involving software is more common than ever, and forensic specialists are incredibly important to the investigative process of both law enforcement and private firms. These investigations can often provide crucial evidence in cases. They are also useful experts in the corporate world, being used for testing security of a company’s IT systems. The analyst will recover data and present it to the investigative body. Often, they will give testimony on what they found. The processes by which they delve into this data are constantly evolving and are highly specialised.
Experts in this area can come from many professional backgrounds. Many will have worked specifically as digital forensics experts. Some will be IT security experts, or have had experience as an ethical hacker, meaning skilled computer experts who perform penetration testing to test the security of companies. They may also have worked in law enforcement and transitioned to a technology-based role. The specific specialisation and background needed in your digital forensics expert will be determined by the matter which requires.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.Expertise in Action
Experts in digital forensics as it pertains to software can be called upon to assist in cases involving child protection matters, cases involving the compromising of an online security system, insurance matters, and many more.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
A helpful introduction to digital (computer) forensics.What is Digital Forensics? History, Process, Types, Challenges
A comprehensive overview of digital forensics.Computer Forensics Investigator
An article on what makes a computer forensics investigator.Relevant Cases DPP (Cth) v Besim  VSCA 158 (23 June 2017)
A case where digital forensics helped to prosecute a potential terrorist.CFJ v Children's Guardian  NSWCATAD 62 (8 April 2016)
A child protection matter in which examination of a computer by a forensics expert was used.Buchwald v The Queen  VSCA 445 (20 December 2011)
A case in which the perpetrator’s Google searches were of significance, and were investigated by a digital forensics analyst.Related Blog Articles
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