About the lab
Computer forensics comes into practically every criminal investigation that takes place today. Most commonly, it involves the retrieval and examination of digital evidence found on devices that store digital data. Often that evidence can be used to prove criminal intent and determine who the victims are.
Digital forensics is also associated with e-discovery, which can arise from a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation. When the SEC conducts an investigation, they give the involved organizations a 10-day notice to provide information on a very specific topic. Given the limited allotted time, these publicly-traded companies will bring in a computer forensics team of examiners to assist them in retrieving the requested information. These forensics examiners can identify and retrieve specific files from thousands of servers globally in a few days using the same tools and techniques taught at the Seidenberg School. Computer forensics examiners are also often called in to facilitate civil litigation, which could be patent or copyright related.
The breadth of digital forensics is staggering because just about every crime committed today involves at least one smartphone and may include numerous other devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) means that more digital forensics examinations are being conducted on things you wouldn't expect, such as automobiles, from their black boxes to the entertainment systems that synchronize with your mobile device.
At Seidenberg, we offer a concentration in computer forensics that builds a strong foundation in digital examinations. Students have access to the Computer Forensics Lab at 163 William Street to conduct research, use professional tools and gain valuable industry certifications. Students get hands-on experience with cutting-edge forensics tools, recognized in industry, which greatly helps them to secure enriching internships and realize lucrative full-time jobs in the public and private sectors. Much of the faculty-led student research supports law enforcement, helping to overcome the plethora of challenges in a rapidly evolving digital world.