Glossary

Below are some of the commonly accepted definitions of key forensic technology and related digital terms:

Collection, analysis & presentation of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from computers for the purpose of presentation as evidence in legal or other proceedings.

Cloud computing refers to the delivery of computing as a service rather than a range of products. Resources, software and information are delivered to computers and other devices via the internet. Users access cloud-based applications by logging in via a web browser/light weight desktop/mobile app while the software and data are stored on remote servers.

Digital forensics is possible with data contained in ‘the cloud’, however encryption can present barriers.

An umbrella term referring to forensics involving digital devices, including computer and network forensics. Refers to the evolution of computers into networks, mobile phones, PDA, GPS, etc.

The discovery and disclosure of information stored in electronic form, for the purpose of obtaining evidence.

An exact copy of a storage device.

The act of attaining a forensic image of a device.

Any information created or stored on an electronic device, including: word processing documents, emails, voice messages, SMS, accounting ledgers, databases, etc.

Collection, analysis & presentation of digital communications between digital devices, such as computers, mobile phones, etc, for the purpose of presentation as evidence in legal or other proceedings.

Collection, analysis & presentation of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from mobile and smart phones for the purpose of presentation as evidence in legal or other proceedings.

Storage using the Universal Serial Bus. Standard for attaching digital devices to computers, often used for external storage of ESI. Also known as “Thumb Drive”, “Pen Drive” or “Flash Drive”.

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