Digital Forensics


Get to the bottom of elusive digital data with digital forensic expertise.

As the amount of technology at our fingertips rises, so does the chance for fraud to occur. The number of court cases and legal proceedings involving digital data and technology issues continue to expand. When using digital data in an investigation or litigation, it’s critical to ensure it was extracted and preserved correctly.

The use of forensic accounting and digital forensics
Investigative technology forensic professionals examine and analyze electronic devices or communication transactions to prove, support or dispute facts in a case.

Computer and digital forensic specialists have experience and expertise across the following areas:

  • Computer forensics
    Computer forensics are digital forensics services that deal with data evidence that is present in computers, servers, and external storage. This is one of the basic functions of most digital forensic companies. While computer forensics are often used in cybercrime cases, they can also be used to gather evidence for both civil and criminal cases. Email correspondences, for example, can help pinpoint suspects in murder trials.
  • Network forensics and incident response
    Network forensics deals with the activities in a computer network, with the goal of gathering evidence to prove hacking or illegal intrusion. This is one of the more fast-paced areas of digital forensics, since network data is dynamic and ever changing.
  • Internet and social media forensics
    With the prevalence of social media and Internet use, online social networks can also be a good place to gather evidence. This area of forensics deals with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to find the source of information without violating online privacy laws.
  • Smartphone and mobile devices
    The vast majority of our personal data today is located in our mobile phones, and so techniques to gather evidence from them are crucial. These involve extracting information such as call logs, contacts, SMS, and other data from the phone’s internal memory. Seizing a mobile phone as evidence is tricky, and must be done with respect to legal and privacy rights of individuals.
  • Cloud forensics
    Cloud forensics deals with data that’s stored online, or “in the cloud.” While similar to other forms of digital forensics, it presents challenges unique to cloud computing. For one, the data resides on hardware owned by third party companies, making extraction difficult. Data residing in different countries also exacerbates the problem. Thus, cloud forensics is an emerging discipline that requires a multi-faceted approach.

The use of digital forensic professionals is critical to your court case and the evidence provided by these professionals can be essential to your litigation needs.

Why You Need Digital Forensics
Forensic data collections are extensive and complicated. From a single email or smartphone to the full computer system of a large corporation, technology has changed the way we do business and how we deal with potential fraud and other litigation matters.

No matter the type or size of data, all digital data has to be collected in a safe, ethical forensic manner. Without this, it’s not admissible in court.

To ensure opposing counsel that the data was not deleted or altered, it’s important to use an independent third party.

It is difficult, and even dangerous, to gather digital evidence yourself. Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated, and it’s getting harder to gather clues of their deeds.

That’s why, if you’re facing a cybercrime case such as data hack or information theft by an employee, you need companies specializing in computer forensics to help you during the discovery phase. It’s hard enough to know where to look, but you also need to present the data properly for it to be admissible in court.

Digital forensics companies like Eide Bailly use licensed forensics investigators that combine strong technical skills with legal knowledge. These investigators work like archaeologists, carefully piecing together and interpreting digital data fragments to form a complete picture of the crime. Even if files were erased or altered, a skilled digital forensics expert finds ways to get that information. The expert then makes sure that such gathered data has integrity and can be used in a legal trial.

More often than not, the role of digital forensics companies goes beyond just finding data evidence. They also need to be able to present it in court, as investigators will also be called in to testify regarding their digital forensic services.

They need to be able to convince the judge and jury that their forensics methods are legally sound and the evidence is valid. And just like any other witness, they need to be able win them over in the courtroom. It’s one of the key benefits of having a digital forensics company that has the experience and skills to handle such matters on your behalf.

Benefits of Using A Professional Computer Forensics Company
One of the main reasons to use digital forensic companies is that they can give you forensics data that you wouldn't be able to gather any other way. They are experts at analyzing your company, looking at various data points, and combining them into a logical conclusion. Investigators from reputable forensics companies can also spot trends and patterns to help you build a solid case.

However, the benefits of hiring a digital forensics company go beyond just gathering data evidence to support your cybercrime case. They can also have a lasting impact on your business and the security of your data.

In the process of analyzing your IT infrastructure, these investigators can uncover issues and vulnerabilities that you might not have detected on your own. For example, you might have holes in your network security that could be exploited by hackers in the future.

The awareness allows you to plug this hole before it costs you money in damages. These experts from computer forensics companies can also suggest solutions to current problems, from upgrading your system to implementing new security policies. They might be able to suggest budget-friendly fixes as well.

Digital forensics companies can even train your employees on some basic forensics techniques. At the very least, your staff will learn how to proactively protect and prevent cybercrimes before they occur. The result is that you can save thousands of dollars in damages and disruptions, at minimal training cost.

Why Eide Bailly is a Top Digital Forensics Firm
Digital forensics companies with expertise like Eide Bailly are rare. Our digital forensic professionals have backgrounds in computer forensics, investigative techniques and cybersecurity. They are trained to handle the extraction and preservation of digital data with court-proven methodologies.

They also understand the importance of discretion when dealing with confidential cases and will work closely with you in a supportive and responsive manner to uncover the truth.

Our team of forensic accountants and digital forensic experts have provided investigative accounting and digital forensic services to numerous attorneys around the nation. Issues they have worked with include:

  • Financial disputes
  • Fraud investigations
  • White collar crime investigations
  • Corporate investigations
  • Lost profits
  • Business interruption and business interruption insurance claims
  • Lost wages
  • Trade secret theft investigations
  • Employee misconduct investigations
  • HR and security investigations
  • Cybersecurity breach investigations
  • Family law

Our digital forensic experts not only use their training to provide the data you need for your court case but can provide expert testimony to aid in your legal proceeding. Their goal is to help you uncover the facts.

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Jason W. Olson

Forensic Services Partner


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