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Computer forensics firms get boost from new evidence rules

April 1, 2008

Computer forensics firms get boost from new evidence rules

Crain’s Detroit Business, March 24, 2008

E-discovery may be a headache for some, but the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) have resulted in a boost for computer forensic firms. The FRCPs requires that electronic evidence meet its strict preservation and authenticity standards in order for it to be admissible in a court of law.

According to the article, the Center for Computer Forensics (CCF) in Southfield, Mich. reported a revenue growth of at least 30 percent each year since 2004.

“Our growth is going to go up partly because of the attention people have to pay now to the new rules of evidence in the federal system,” said Michael Ahern, vice president of business development at CCF.

“And we expect the Michigan judicial system will also change its rules on electronic evidence within a year. Attorneys need to know how to handle this evidence properly,” he said.

As Ahern implies, local governments are increasingly adopting e-discovery regulations that map to the FRCP. As expectations for the preservation and authentication of electronic evidence continue to increase, it is no surprise that computer forensics firms will continue this growth trend.

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