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Definition - What does Cyberforensics mean?

Cyberforensics is an electronic discovery technique used to determine and reveal technical criminal evidence. It often involves electronic data storage extraction for legal purposes.

Although still in its infancy, cyberforensics is gaining traction as a viable way of interpreting evidence.

Cyberforensics is also known as computer forensics.

Techopedia explains Cyberforensics

Cybercrimes cover a broad spectrum, from email scams to downloading copyrighted works for distribution, and are fueled by a desire to profit from another person's intellectual property or private information. Cyberforensics can readily display a digital audit trail for analysis by experts or law enforcement. Developers often build program applications to combat and capture online criminals; these applications are the crux of cyberforensics.

Cyberforensic techniques include:

  • Cross-driven analysis that correlates data from multiple hard drives
  • Live analysis, which obtains data acquisitions before a PC is shut down
  • Deleted file recovery

Each of the above techniques is applied to cyberforensic investigations.

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