When the need arises to upgrade your computer forensic hardware, your first instinct may tell you to just wing it as you start looking for shortcuts. After all, your law enforcement agency is probably getting tons of work already and you’ve found yourself in need of a shiny new digital forensic lab setup to solve these cases efficiently.
At first glance, there are several perceived benefits of building an improvised computer forensics lab. These include:
- Cost savings
- Rapid implementation
- No comprehensive guidance
- No direction
- Prior familiarity
The problem is, this so-called shortcut can end up costing you much more time and money than it has the potential to save. In fact, many established law enforcement organizations have started out with an improvised digital forensic laboratory then later on decided to upgrade to a more professional solution once they’ve realized all the drawbacks associated with their original decision.
An outdated Improvised In-House Digital Forensic Lab or Workstation
To make a compelling argument why improvisation might not be the best move to make if you’re running a reputable law enforcement agency, we’ll highlight 4 not-so-apparent issues with it that can arise when you least expect them: