by Amanda Oram 2012
Individuals committing computer crime often assume that pressing “Delete” will permanently remove evidence from their computer. This is not the case because information is not completely removed from the hard drive. This data can be retrieved using computer forensics, a sub-branch of digital forensics, which is one of the newest branches of forensic science.
Digital forensics is used to investigate incidents including white collar crime, such as fraud, where a computer is used either as a tool in enabling the crime or as a target of the crime. It is equally valuable in civil proceedings and human resource management cases such as employee misuse of corporate IT resources.
The four sub-branches of digital forensics are:
Inspec covers many of these topics. The following thesaurus terms and classification codes will be useful when searching for them.
Controlled Indexing Terms
computer forensics (digital forensics is a lead-in)
computer network security
database management systems
human resource management
security of data
c0310S (new for 2012)