Computer Forensics: An Essential Guide for Accountants, by Michael Sheetz

By Michael Sheetz

Might your organization be ready within the occasion of:

* Computer-driven espionage
* A devastating virus attack
* A hacker's unauthorized access
* A breach of information security?

As the sophistication of machine expertise has grown, so has the speed of computer-related criminality. for that reason, American firms now lose billions of greenbacks a 12 months to hacking, id robbery, and different laptop assaults. greater than ever, companies and pros liable for the serious facts of numerous consumers and staff have to count on and defend opposed to laptop intruders and attacks.

The first publication to effectively communicate to the nontechnical specialist within the fields of commercial and legislation related to desktop crime, computing device Forensics: an important advisor for Accountants, attorneys, and bosses presents worthy recommendation at the hidden problems which may blindside businesses and bring about destructive costs.

Written through specialist Michael Sheetz, this significant ebook presents readers with a decent examine the pc crimes that may annoy, interrupt--and devastate--a enterprise. Readers are outfitted not just with a superior realizing of ways desktops facilitate fraud and monetary crime, but additionally how pcs can be utilized to enquire, prosecute, and stop those crimes.

If you need to understand how to guard your organization from computing device crimes yet have a restricted technical history, this publication is for you. Get machine Forensics: a vital consultant for Accountants, legal professionals, and executives and get ready.

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I will discuss analysis, recreation and rendering of an expert opinion in later chapters. 25 26 PRESERVATION AND COLLECTION OF DIGITAL EVIDENCE RULES OF EVIDENCE When dealing with evidence, the underlying principle that guides us is admissibility. The admissibility concept in turn drives our efforts to preserve the evidence, since admissibility dictates whether evidence ultimately will be allowed into court to advance the case. Even though this is not a book on evidence, because digital evidence differs from more traditional forms of evidence in a couple significant ways, a few words about admissibility and digital evidence are in order.

Fortunately, since that time, all states have addressed this issue, and fairly uniform laws are in place nationwide and federally to deal effectively with all types of computer crimes. Finally, since computer evidence recovery was in its infancy, there were no established and documented procedures in place. Although the general rules of evidence offered guidance, a lack of knowledge about the nature of digital evidence made the application of the rules very difficult. In short, we were learning as we went, and in doing so, the only model we had for use was the model of the computer professional: a nonlegal model.

For computer forensic professionals, this expanded definition makes investigation and recovery that much more difficult because of the influence of proprietary technology. STORAGE 15 Every computer, no matter how simple or complicated, can be broken down into four basic components: input, storage, processing, and output. Input allows the user in the real-world to interact with the computer. Input devices, such as keyboards, mice, and pen tablets, are all forms of input devices. Storage is comprised of both permanent and temporary devices such as hard drives, RAM (random access memory), and flash drives.

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