With over 90% of the world’s business documents being drafted on computers and the relentless use of e-mail, instant messaging and internet business by nearly everyone, much of today’s civil litigation evidence can be derived from computers. T.J. Ward & Associates has a computer forensics investigation teams with the ability to locate and recover any and all relevant information or traces of same that may exist on a computer or digital storage device. This includes recovering items such as e-mails viewed but not “saved”, websites visited, deleted documents, uninstalled software, etc.
The great news about this type of data is that unlike a piece of paper which only shows us what we can see, electric data can have information about its creation, multiple versions of that information, who it was transmitted to, history of its use, etc. We are proud to say that if a piece of information exists on a computer or storage device, we will be able to locate it and produce it for inclusion in evidence.
This type of computer forensics investigation should not be confused with the type of searches the average I.T. employee or computer consultant will conduct. Our teams employ a number of methods and investigative tools to locate and reconstruct each file or fragment, often including deleted items and fragments that other I.T. Consultants reported did not exist. Many of our clients, as well as the opposition, are often surprised at what we are able to find that was thought to be deleted or erased.
We can recover electronic evidence during a computer forensic investigation from the following types of devices:
Back-up Storage Media
Fax and Copy Machines
Digital Answering Machines
Our expert computer forensics investigators work in a forensically sound manner, thus preserving the integrity associated with that piece of electronic evidence. As licensed private detectives, we are in a far better position to find evidence than the office I.T. guy or other companies because we already have the investigative knowledge, training, and mindset. We have a multitude of court recognized software programs and tools to employ along with our vast experience in both the technological aspects as well as generally accepted investigation practices.