Do you need to be a PI to do Forensics?

Do you need a private investigators license to practice forensics in Texas? Well in many cases yes.  If, for example, you are directly securing evidence and analyzing said evidence, then yes you do.  However there are exceptions. Frequently I am asked to render an expert opinion in court cases regarding forensic procedures.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety a scientific review and even serving as an expert witness does not require a private investigator license “Section 1702.130 of [...]

The flaw in modern cyber forensics

There is no question that cyber forensics is a hot topic. Cell phone forensics, PC forensics, and other device forensics is a hot topic. Not only are more and more law enforcement agencies getting their own forensics detectives and labs, but more private firms are involved in forensics now. And there are some amazing tools. I have used Encase, FTK, OSForensics, Oxygen, and others. Every year each tool seems more packed with features, and many are remarkably easy to use. [...]