Michael Nelson, a Delaware-area IT expert, has launched a new firm, DFDR Consulting LLC, to meet the growing need for high-level skills in digital forensics.
“As the IT world expands, the complexity and growing need for expertise in the digital forensics field became obvious and was a compelling reason for launching my own firm,” says Nelson, who has close to seven years’ experience as a computer expert.
While many people believe that a file disappears when you delete it, accidentally or
intentionally, in reality is that it is often possible to retrieve the information, Nelson says.
“Everyone leaves a digital fingerprint, and digital forensics experts are capable of finding,
recovering and locating files that users believe disappeared or did not know existed in the first place,” Nelson says. “A computer user might think that traces of their actions do not exist because it was done in a virtual world via a computer instead of out in the real world, but experienced and well-trained computer forensics experts can often retrieve this information and put the pieces of the puzzle back together.”
Many federal, state and local police forces are getting involved in digital forensics and are beginning to open labs throughout the country, he says. These labs focus their attention on cases such as Sandy Hook Elementary, where police obtained a computer that was physically damaged via a hammer or screwdriver. This physical destruction of the computer itself does not mean the hard drive is damaged and furthermore does not prevent data that could potentially lead to Lanza’s motive being uncovered.
“Unfortunately, the average citizen does not have access to those forensic labs, unless they are victim of a crime,” says Nelson, who has appeared as an expert witness in trials as a computer forensic specialist. While the public often associates computer forensics with crime, its importance is also growing in civil, domestic and corporate cases.
Nelson’s firm, DFDR Consulting LLC, will encompass the broad range of expertise related to digital forensics, including: employment matters, confirm following of accepted use policies, family matters, theft of trade secrets, intellectual property, email investigations, Internet history analysis, computer log analysis, online chat history, incident response and unauthorized access.
Examinations of computers, servers, cellphones and tablets are all possible.
Nelson, a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, holds seven different certifications related to digital forensic technology. He earned a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from the University of Delaware.
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