Why Computer Forensics Work
Posted by Staff Writers on January 9, 2009
The world is filled with computer users; most people who use computers on a daily basis have a rudimentary knowledge of how computers work at best. There are others who have s bit most sophisticated knowledge, but nowhere near the expert level. Then there are others still who have an amazing knowledge of the intricacies behind how computers and programs work.
Most people who use their computers will never need to have their system checked out for criminal activity, but it is possible. For more advanced users, criminals, and terrorists, the possibility is much more likely. Chances are these systems will be less easy to crack because the users want to protect and hide the information they have essentially locked up inside the machine.
Computer Forensics strives to develop and continue modifying programs that help retrieve data, locate patterns and passwords of system users, and follow the data trail to other sources of criminal activity. Expert computer users develop these programs in order to help solve crimes, whether they have already occurred or may occur in the foreseeable future.
The use of computers in forensics have helped advance crime solving techniques and counterintelligence methods, all while helping close cases that in the past may have been unbreakable. Because of the constant evolution of these methods, criminals from the past can now be brought to justice.
Computer Forensics is an integral part of the justice system. Whether local detectives are trying to break a case or an Army intelligence officer is trying to locate members of a terrorist cell, the use of computer forensics in helping to reduce criminal activity both home and around the world cannot be understated.