A new publication details for investigators how to locate and extract digital data for evidence without accidentally altering the files.

Written by computer forensics experts under the direction of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), “Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement” provides step-by-step instructions to assist investigators.

Other topics covered in the publication include securing digital evidence, hardware/software operating systems, physical access, internal or external storage devices, and the retrieval of configuration information.

You can download the guide from the NIJ Website. Go to www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs.htm and enter publications number NCJ 199408 into the search engine.
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