Digital forensics basically involves preserving and simplifying the process used in data collection. Upstate Private Investigators has a team of experienced private investigators committed to giving you the security and results you require.
When there are computer crimes and digital dilemmas, time is of the essence. The most integral step to be taken first in this whole process is establishing a trail. We work on resolving any digital mishap that has the potential of wreaking unfathomable depredation on evidence for criminal and civil cases.
Our sole objective will be following the breadcrumbs of data, leaving a trail until we uncover the truth. Research and digital forensics are essential in case development and solving problems that are admissible in court. We can assist you in protecting yourself, your future, and reputation, which ought to be your top priorities.
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Lawsuits can either be lost or won based on computer data – this doesn’t imply just the content, but also metadata and any other digital artifact.
You can prove facts like these with a computer forensic evaluation conducted by certified pros at Upstate Private Investigators:
- Who gained access to a certain program or computer file? The location the access took place, and from which device or computer?
- When was a computer file opened, created, saved, copied, modified, or deleted? Which user did that? Using what method?
- How was the computer data migrated, accessed, transferred, copied, stored, and/or deleted and disposed of?
- Were there any external storage devices connected to the computer? On what time and date?
- What websites did the user visit? What are the searches performed by a user in a particular browser?
- Did the user try running any program in an attempt to conceal their tracks and/or evidence?
Upstate Private Investigators Offer Superior Computer Forensics Services
Just like other types of evidence, digital evidence needs to have met admissibility standards as per state and/or federal regulations before being introduced in court. The standards to be met include authenticity and reliability. Upstate Private Investigators work deliberately and thoughtfully to ensure the integrity of digital data is appropriately preserved, account for the chain of custody, and make sure that the digital evidence is admissible in a court of law. And because we provide a full suite of integrated legal support, Upstate Private Investigators are more than capable to accurately and effectively monitor, document, and manage the processing of data throughout the lifecycle of the litigation.
Our end-to-end suite of computer forensic services include:
Recovery & Repair: We can repair and recover hidden, damaged, and deleted data.
Consulting & Investigation: We offer expert investigation, consulting, and analysis.
Expert witness: Affidavits, expert witness reports, & testimony in trial.
Data Destruction Verification: We provide data destruction verification and device disposal.
In modern litigations, the party that has access to superior computer forensic expertise automatically have the upper hand – in many instances, it is indispensable to obtain a favorable outcome of the case. An inferior computer forensic technician will for sure, risk your case. With the comprehensive and complete products and services offered by Upstate Private Investigators, you can have the privilege of leveraging computer forensics, data, and technology to work in your favor. Because we provide a wide selection of litigation support services, you can be guaranteed we will service e-discovery and computer forensic needs more effectively, efficiently, and conveniently.
Advancements in technology today are evolving at a breakneck speed, which is why you need a team of pros on your corner to help you remain ahead of the curve. Our experts at Upstate Private Investigators can thoroughly look through your digital devices to assist in solving problems related to infidelity, civil or criminal investigations, and anything in between.
What exactly is Mobile Forensics?
The 21st century has experienced an exponential rise in the daily usage of mobile devices. And though cellular tech has been around the block for decades, it’s only till recent years that the growth of the smartphone and other similar devices has posed a perfect opportunity for the analysis and collection of digital evidence.
Flash drives, smartphones, memory cards, tablets, and GPS devices all have features for storing data that can prove to be of investigative interest to the court system and law enforcement. Upstate Private Investigators is the front runner in this growing field, plus our team of experts uses every resource it can to collect, analyze, preserve, and report on data held in our everyday devices. So if you have any queries, talk to our team.
What Kind of Devices Can be Analyzed?
We can examine ANY and ALL mobile devices. Whether your device is functioning or broken, we can still uncover the truth.
Some of the prevalent information that can be examined using mobile forensics include:
- SMS and MMS Messages
- Contacts and Phonebook
- Application Based Messaging
- Deleted Information
- Social Networking Information
- Pictures, Audio and Video
- Call History (Length, Incoming, Outgoing)
- Web Browser History (Search History, Cookies, Analytics)
- User Generated Data (Documents, Spreadsheets, etc.)
- Geo Location (Tower & Wifi Related Location Data)
- GPS Information
What Devices can be Analyzed?
Upstate Private Investigators can probe ANY mobile device. Our team can uncover the truth of the matter regardless if the device is broken.
Here are some of the devices we work with:
- iPhones & iPads
- Android Devices
- SD/MicroSD Cards
- GPS Mobile Devices
Acquiring and examining digital evidence on a mobile device can play an integral role in ascertaining with definite proof of the outcome of disputes like a criminal, business, and civil litigation.
Our pro mobile forensics analysts can assist you in solving an extensive range of issues that include:
- Intellectual Property Theft
- Infidelity & Divorce
- Custody Battles
- Business Partnership Dissolutions
- Business Disruptions Cause by Problem and Ex-Employees
We act with absolute professionalism in the mobile forensics services we provide. Our forensics team is more than committed to upholding legal and ethical guidelines no matter what.
Digital video recorders or better known as ‘DVRs’, are devices that are used to record video and put it in digital format. From there, the data is stored on a USB flash drive, SSD, disk drive, SD memory card, or other networked or local mass storage devices. The majority of organizations, businesses, and governmental entities utilize DVRs as part of surveillance and/or CCTV system.
The reduced cost of DVRs has played a role in their increasing use in residential security and surveillance. CCTV also has an array of other applications – e.g., record truck drivers while on the road in case of an accident, monitor business happenings in hazardous locations, etc. Just like how DVRs have found their place in the world, they have also established a footing in investigations and litigation.
DVR data and information is too sensitive to trust with a second-tier digital forensic technician.
In the event a DVR video footage has grounds in your suit, chances are that it will be an essential component of your claim or defense. Nothing is as compelling to jurors, as seeing the scene of a lawsuit unfolding before them.
Upstate Private Investigators are skilled at performing and recovering forensics on ANY DVR as-is including:
- Physical Damage
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Corrupted Video Files
The features and technologies of DVRs are continually evolving and advancing. In the event your investigation or case entails DVR footage, then it’s prudent to consider hiring a DVR forensic pro who’s updated with all continual developments happening every day in DVR technology and understand their role in impacting a digital forensic analysis and investigation. Upstate Private Investigators have the necessary skills, tools, and expertise of handling virtually any type of DVR technology and any DVR-related issues.
Audio Video Forensics
There are some cases when unusual and criminal activity can be proven with the use of video, audio, or photo recordings. But for that material is deemed to be permissible as prosecutable evidence, authentication is required. Authenticating images or recordings is a daunting process requiring several steps. Upstate Private Investigators are industry leaders who offer services in various forensics fields and only employ an experienced team of video and audio forensics pros with years on their belt doing these endeavors.
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It’s the job of a video and audio forensic pro to make sure the material they are working with is clean, authentic, and understandable.
To accomplish this feat, one often needs to do one or a few of these services:
- Evidence Collection
- System Authentication
- Analysis and Interpretation
- Noise Removal
- Speed Adjustments
- Identification of Tampering
- File Conversion
- Recovery & Transcription
What Media Types Do We Perform Audio Video Forensics On?
Upstate Private Investigators can provide audio-video forensics services on all types of media, platforms, and devices.
Here are a few examples of media types and devices:
- Mobile Phones
- DVR Recordings
- Home Video Recorders
- YouTube Videos
- Laptop & Desktop Computers
Our Upstate Private Investigators audio-video forensics analysts can offer admissible testimony from ANY video or audio device. Not only will we offer definitive proof of the authenticity of the extracted evidence, but we can also enhance the materials to present the piece of evidence more audibly and visibly clean.
When a forensics case or digital investigation is starting, evidence preservation is the first thing that should be done. Upstate Private Investigators can image any media forensically, in any state and offer you with an admissible image. Our expert team still gets the work done regardless of the media’s condition.
Hard Drive Imaging
Hard drive imaging involves data recovery professionals and computer forensics engineers extracting pertinent information from technological devices like laptop computers and desktop.
Each computer contains a hard drive which stores almost all of the computer’s information. For any legal proceeding, this info is crucial considering how it stores valuable data that can be received, painting a picture of what really transpired. Several steps need to be taken to image out a hard drive that will be admissible in trial. The upside is that Upstate Private Investigators are more than adept at handling these various stages required and also write a comprehensive report that is sure to be admissible in a court of law.
Let Us Help You Take Control of Your Evidence
When it comes to creating images, our forensics investigators are more than skilled enough, plus they use a write blocker to help in preserving the integrity of the image. After that’s done, our forensic investigators can then review the data and present you with a documented report with discoveries that will stand when cross-examined. When it comes to data recovery, we can image a hard drive in any situation, including:
- Water Damage Occurs
- Physical or Mechanical Damage Occurs
- PCB Board Damage
- Fire Damage
- Smoke Damage
- Any Other Issue
We have a proficient team of engineers who are conversant with software to write block, which allows them to do logical imaging. This allows for the retrieval of certain hard disk files that were active before the instance that induced corruption or initial damage.
We have offices in the majority of the cities near you. So feel free to get in touch with us now at XXX-XXX-XXXX if you need forensic hard drive image services for your case.
Cell Phone Imaging
For most people, their cell phone is their life. These devices allow people to communicate with each other, enables the execution of various financial and professional transactions as well as store personal things such as photos. If these devices were to become damaged or stopped functioning, users will be hugely inconvenienced and will have to stay without personal info for an extended period of time. But luckily, Upstate Private Investigators oversee a mobile device imaging department that only hires highly skilled professionals and staff experienced in cell phone forensics and cell phone imaging fields.
Why would you require cell phone imaging?
Your mobile device or cell phone holds a lot of information within it. This includes things like Internet Usage, SMS, call logs, GPS data, App Usage, and so on. This sort of digital data can paint a picture of the user together with their habits. The information on a cellphone can get lost or become tainted; whether on purpose or not. To prevent that from happening, one would be required to preserve this evidence, which will need the cell phone to be imaged forensically so it can be examined later on while the chain of custody stays in place. When a cell phone isn’t functioning, our mobile forensics team of experts is proficient in chip-off recoveries. When we encounter a mobile device that has been significantly corrupted or severely damaged, we extract the pertinent information inside by removing the NAND chip carefully and then imaging it for data. Here are some common circumstances where Upstate Private Investigators can image a mobile device:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Mechanical Damage
- Firmware Corruption
- Any Other Issue
What Cell Phones Types Can Be Imaged Forensically?
Adding to the intricate cell phone imaging procedure is that the majority of mobile devices aren’t designed the same. Also, certified mobile forensics pros will need to be conversant with the various operating systems required to be wired. Upstate Private Investigators mobile device engineers have the experience to work on and retrieve data from products such as:
- Android Devices
- iOS devices and iPods
- Windows Cell Phones
- Blackberry Devices
- GPS Systems
- Devices Using SIM Cards for Data Storage
Regardless of the forensic imaging type you need, Upstate Private Investigators can deal with all of it. So whether it is a cell phone, hard drive, or any other form of a memory device, we can for sure, preserve and present a forensic image that’s admissible in court. Regardless of the media’s condition or state, even if it was underwater, we have been around the block for a while now and have the technical know-how of preserving your data.
Data Recovery Service
Data recovery entails recovering non-functioning or deleted media. It is an intricate process involving technical know-how and extremely specialized tools. In most cases, data recovery is required for digital forensics, considering that the media can purposefully be damaged or deleted.
For forensics to be performed on damaged media, the media would first have to be retraced and imaged. That is the reason why it is crucial to select a forensics service provider that has a proven track record when it comes to data recovery.
Certified In-house Data Recovery
The majority of forensics service providers outsource their data recovery tasks, which is a show of weakness in the chain of custody. Here at Upstate Private Investigators, all our data recovery is conducted by our inhouse trained data recovery staff.
What Media Types and Issues Can Forensics Recover Data From?
Upstate Private Investigators have a wealth of experience needed to recover data from any type of media.
Here are some of the common media types that may need data recovery:
- Mobile Phones
- Hard Drives
- Micro SD Cards
- Solid State Drives
- RAID Arrays
- Data Tapes
- Any Storage Media Containing Data
For any sort of investigation, the scene of an incident is the most crucial part. Upstate Private Investigators has got you covered regardless if you need computer forensics, mobile forensics, digital forensics, or any sort of incident forensics. We can assess the damage or data that’s on site, in such a manner that doesn’t entail you compromising your evidence. Upstate Private Investigators have the ability to prove what did or did not happen and can do that onsite. Also, while on-site, we can ascertain the who, why, and what actually happened.
The forensic services we provide apply to onsite forensics. In the event the media is damaged, our team of forensic analysts can do information recovery in a clean portable cell.
Additionally, to data recovery, onsite forensics services apply to:
- Spyware and Malware Detection
- Digital and Computer Forensics
- Cell Phone and Mobile Forensics
- DVR Recovery Forensics
- Audio Video Forensics
- Infotainment and Car System Forensics
- Legal Digital Forensics
- Data Breach Incident Response
We all know that there are some circumstances when evidence cannot be moved or an instance when an onsite digital forensics analyst isn’t allowed access on the premises.
Some of these circumstances may include:
- Hardware isn’t Accessible Easily
- On-Site Forensics is Cost Prohibitive
- Time Sensitive Matter
- Any Restricted Physical Access Scene
Just like in person, we can offer our clients with the same features and services over an internet connection. For most of our clientele, this is quite convenient.
Some of the remote forensics services we provide include:
- Provide Common Digital Evidence Collection
- Perform Forensic Imaging
- Logical Evidence Collection
- Email Recovery and Analysis
- Chat Recovery
- Messaging Analysis
- Extract Metadata
- Keyword Searching
When it comes to doing remote forensics, Upstate Private Investigators have decades under its belt.
We totally understand your needs and will work towards meeting and exceeding them with our expert remote forensics services.