We support the investigation authorities already during on-site freezing of evidence. The independent It forensic experts of the German Association for Data Protection participate in search measures. In the course of house searches, they secure the evidence together with the competent officials. Ideally, our forensic expert immediately begins the evaluation of the evidence he or she has secured. Our competent colleagues also act exculpatory. If necessary, they will work out existing analysis residues or produce additional IT expert opinions for investigation authorities in the short term.
The use of IT experts is required in an increasing number of investigations. The investigation authorities face challenges related to personnel. The highly qualified police officers are overloaded. The purpose of the investigation of individual criminal proceedings may be jeopardized.
The computer forensic is a scientific expert. He is involved into the examination of information technology systems, often for the purpose of safeguarding data in preliminary investigations. Using modern IT forensics, data carriers of all kinds, memory contents or network traffic may be analysed. More specific data can be analyzed more precisely. In most cases, the purpose of the computer forensic investigation is to provide evidence to substantiate an initial suspicion, to prove or exclude a criminal offense.
The forensic investigation of storage media belongs to the areas of expertise of the German Association for Data Protection. IT forensics makes it possible to restore data on different types of data carriers, to override password locks, or to complete a documentation of an action process. The IT Forensics of the German Association for Data Protection ensures that all objects of examination remain unchanged during the investigation process. Our forensic investigations are basically carried out on bitgenetic data copies (forensic duplicate) of the original examination objects. The original program copy, the original data are not changed by the IT forensic experts of the German Association for Data Protection. We use modern techniques and methods and we always rely on the latest technological advances.
The employees of the German Association for Data Protection have legal and technical expertise. For our IT forensics and IT experts, internal trainings provide a solid basic knowledge of criminal law. They are therefore able to deal with complex and extensive investigations. The combination of IT expertise and legal knowledge enables better and more successful collaboration with the investigation authorities. Our IT forensics understand the mindset of investigators.