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The intent of this paper is to explore state crime labs, which been overcome with scrutiny regarding the handling of computer evidence in forensic investigations. I will explain the preparation of a standard operations procedure document concerning the general processing of computer evidence.
I will analyze the process of computer evidence that have failed to show understanding of how computer data is created, modified and stored. In closing, I will address and conclude with four or more general evidence processing guidelines to ensure investigators understand the steps of processing evidence and the results when standard operating procedures were not followed.
Computer Evidence & Best Practices
According to Carrier (2002), computer forensics is analyzed through under-covering evidence, which in protected, preserved, documented and analyzed with encoded encryptions of stored information and data. Through forensic analysis which is performed by a high-skilled examiner, and as a result in the reconstruction of recovery effort of deleted files, history of computer users activities, and retrieving classified and sensitive information and data, pursuant to the Federal Rules of Evidence § 901(b)(9). See Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993) (Supreme Court of the United States, 1993).
The Four General Computer Evidence of Processing Guidelines
The four general computer evidence of processing guidelines when assessing procedures are the following:
Forensic investigators must...