It is believed that well over 90% of information today is created electronically; and much of that never makes it to paper. Therefore, it would follow that there is a significant amount of potential evidence that may reside on electronic devices, such as computers, iPhones, Blackberrys and other devices commonly used today.
Also referred to as digital forensics, computer forensics is the branch of forensic science that relates to legal evidence found on digital storage media. In essence, a “deleted” electronic file does not necessarily mean it’s deleted.
While electronic devices dominate our personal and corporate lives, less “paper” does not necessarily mean less of a “paper trail
Toronto forensic accounting firm nagel + associates recognizes that there are critical steps involved to identify, collect, preserve, and analyze electronic evidence that may be relevant to your investigation; failure to do so appropriately could call into question the admissibility of such evidence in the context of a legal proceeding. nagel + associates works closely with its strategic partners to search for potentially relevant evidence that may be responsive to fraud allegations – evidence including:
- indications of theft of intellectual property
- recent access to electronic files
- web activity
- unusual/unauthorized user access to files
- printed files
- deleted files
- electronic communication such as corporate and web-based E-mail, text and pin-to-pin messaging