As the age of technology continues to grow, so does the need for digital forensics. Each day the number of cyber-crimes grows exponentially; however thanks to computer forensics and cellular forensics, these cyber criminals can be brought to justice. In addition to the growth of cyber-crime, the presence of digital evidence in litigation is also becoming more predominant in the courtroom.
One of the biggest issues affecting digital information security is hacking. Not only does hacking cost American businesses billions, but the effects could jeopardize a business’s reputation. Companies like Sony and Target were faced with such data breaches and had to deal with the repercussions of possible identity theft.
It is not just corporations and businesses that fall victim to hacking; however, the presence of hacking is growing ever-stronger on the individual scale. People tend to store a wealth of sensitive information on devices and computers, which could pose serious problems if an intruder were to hack into a such a device. This kind of information can include usernames, passwords, credit card information, and account information and can cause quite the mess if it falls into the hands of a hacker.
While it is clear individuals are storing information on smartphones and devices, what some may not know is information stored on any type of “Cloud” or external space is also subject to hacking. Any photos, videos or any of the above-mentioned information can fall into the hands of the wrong person.
In addition to personal devices, social media accounts can also be hacked into. Websites like Facebook can store sensitive information like credit card details and if hacked can pose a threat to one’s identity. Some may not realize that if the same username or password is used on any given site, then one hack can lead to another.
Cell Phone and Computer Evidence
With most of today’s society glued to their cellular device, it is common for people that witness an event to record or take photos that would later need to be used in litigation. It is the job of a digital forensic technician to retrieve this potential evidence from a device using various forms of high tech forensic software. The evidence can then be presented it in a court.
Because so much recording takes place on mobile devices, it is sometimes necessary for evidence to undergo video, photo and audio enhancement. Due to the emphasis of digital evidence in litigation, it is important that such evidence be clearly communication in a court of law.
Further, with the wealth of information stored on cell phones, tablets and computes it is sometimes possible for information to get lost. Through digital forensics lost data can sometimes be retrieved. This also holds true for some photos, videos, contact information, and text messages that may have gotten lost. Using digital forensics to retrieve this type data on a cell phone or computer may come in handy in a variety circumstances including matrimonial issues. The information retained on a personal device may be able to prove a spouse is unfaithful. Similar practices can be used to check on the usage of any company-issued cell phones for employees.
Digital forensics is a growing market in more ways than one. With the constant advancement of technology and mobile devices, comes the advancement of ways to steal private information. Companies need to take precautions to make sure their digital security is on par, and make sure they can defend themselves against a potential data breach. Further, the importance of digital evidence in litigation will only continue to flourish, and with it so must the practices to extract such evidence.
If you believe any of these situations might pertain to you, then you should contact Kessler International. Kessler has been a leader in the field of computer forensic for over 25 years, and will put your mind at ease