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Computer Forensics is a growing field in todays society in many aspects of the court of law and in technological breakthrough Currently many people are not even aware of what computer forensics is but there are many cases of events that reflect on the field Computer forensics may also be referred as digital forensics network forensics or cyber forensics that involves gathering and analyzing evidence from computers and networks that is potentially suitable to serve as evidence in a court of law Digital evidence is everywhere around us for example the activity of computers networks databases cell phones and cell towers digital cameras or even GPS devices According to a study by the University of California-Berkely in 2001 found that 93 of all new information at the time was created entirely in digital format Nardoni 6 Every day we are using some form of technology without even realizing we are We will be looking at the history and background of Computer Forensics and how a typical investigation is conducted to give us a better understanding on why this growing field holds a high level of importance in todays day and age Computer Forensics has been part of our history for much longer than people think it has The field has be traced back to the 1970s when military investigators starting finding instances of computer related criminal activity and needed a more comprehensive approach for solving these technical crimes Also at this time students gained unauthorized access to computer systems One of the first groups created dates back to 1984 when the FBI Magnetic Media Program later known as the Computer Analysis and Response Team CART was created Four years later the ICAIS International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist was formed With the development of ICAIS the very first courses were held to educate and train SCERS Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist A short time after Michael Anderson a special agent involved with the
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