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Neutrality in Digital Forensics

Let’s be honest, everyone has biases about many things in life. Whether you have a bias against people’s behavior during a full moon or a bias for or against the police in an investigation, biases come in all shapes, sizes…

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The Value of Expert Witness-Attorney Relationships

The term “expert witness” may get tossed around a little more than it should.  Since leaving law enforcement, I can attest to the fact that I’ve seen so-called “experts” of all shapes and sizes.  Some are very professional and knowledgeable and some…

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Sometimes, The Data Isn’t There (anymore)

Being a digital forensic services provider in the private sector, we service a wide array of client’s needs. It is fairly common for our clients to be involved in litigation and investigations ranging from divorce to employment disputes and other…

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Pro Digital: Investigative Solutions

Regular readers of this blog know that my professional experience and expertise started in the investigative realm.  Ever since I first got interested in law enforcement, I wanted to be an investigator and I’ve been fortunate enough to not only see…

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The Value of (the right) Key Word Searches

When I was a full-time police detective, I was fortunate enough to attend several very good, very long digital forensic training courses (see letters at end of name).  Unfortunately, what this also did was widen the gap between what I knew…

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What Social Media Activity Tells a Trained Forensic Examiner

For better or for worse, social media has become a driving force in many aspects of our lives.  It helps individuals stay in touch with friends, relatives, former classmates and other acquaintances.  It also helps business drive users to websites, advertise and…

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Five Tips for Effective Technical Warrant-Writing

Having worked in law enforcement at the level of investigator and forensic examiner and subsequently transitioning to a trainer/private practitioner role, I’m starting to gather the benefit of something many law enforcement (LE) agents may well overlook – diversity of…

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The Four Factors of Mobile Forensics

As with most private-sector digital forensic practitioners in the modern market, a great majority of our cases involve mobile device forensics.  These cases range from employment disputes to divorce.  invariably, whenever we get an intake consult for one of these cases, we…

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How Digital Forensics Can Help: Divorce & Child Custody Cases

In the third of our “How Digital Forensics Can Help” Series, we’ll seek to answer some common questions about what can and cannot be available in divorce and child custody cases.  These are routinely some of the most emotionally-driven cases, no…

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How Digital Forensics Can Help: Intellectual Property Theft Cases

In the second of our series of “How Digital Forensics Can Help” articles, we’ll focus on an area that is most applicable to corporations – Theft of intellectual property.  Intellectual Property (IP) is defined as: The legal rights that arise from…

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