What is Virtual Forensic Computing?
Virtual computing transforms investigation of the digital crime scene.
Having access to the ‘digital scene of crime’ can offer huge benefits to an investigator. Whether investigating fraud, murder, child abuse or something else, seeing the computer through the eyes of the suspect can be invaluable. Building a virtual machine (VM) of the suspect’s computer is one easy way to get forensically sound access to the user’s environment.
A VM allows an investigator to:
• See the desktop and operating environment just as the user saw it
• Navigate financial records within the native software (Sage, QuickBooks, Great Plains etc.)
• Access emails and internet search histories, demonstrate interaction with installed software
• Determine accessibility of illegal files