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In a previous article in this series, I explored when to call a computer forensics expert and the various roles we may take in your case. Since I left U.S. government employment in 1999, I have worked as a computer forensics consultant in civil litigation, both working with and being opposed by practitioners who have entered this field from various disciplines. Early in my computer forensics practice, I could have been opposed by an IT administrator or software developer; later it was more common to encounter practitioners with some computer forensics experience and training. As the field has grown, I now frequently encounter experienced forensic practitioners with significant training and preparation.

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