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Matt: Hello and welcome back again to Trade Secret Law Radio, I am Matt Plessner and today we are going to discuss computer forensics and how to legally protect your trade secrets when it comes to computers and electronics.
Mark Clark, of course, joins us from the Traverse Legal office of Traverse City, Michigan once again today. Mark, Good Morning.
Mark: Good Morning Matt. How are you?
Matt: I am doing very well, thank you! Now to start off, can you please tell the audience and everybody listening what is exactly meant by computer forensics?
Mark: Well, Matt, computer forensics deals with preservation, identification or extraction of evidence from a computer or computer system. Computer forensics, and when I say computer forensics, it’s your IT or technology guy who has special training in what we now call computer forensics and forensic is a fancy name for an investigator. It is like a computer private ‘I’ if you will. And computer forensic investigations take advantage of the computers store and retrieve data. A trained computer forensic investigator can tell you, in many instances, whether something has been downloaded or removed from a computer or computer database, and often times they can actually get in and tell you exactly what it is that was either removed, downloaded or sent from one computer to another. And this has been very helpful in the area of trade secret law because gone are the days where the employee or an officer left the company and started his own company or her own company or went to a competitor with a box of documents. It just doesn’t happen anymore. What happens is things are download or saved or removed and transferred from a computer onto a mobile disk drive or onto another computer or sent electronically somewhere else. So if you are a company owner and you are concern about whether or not an employee left your employment with trade secrets, computer forensics is the thing that will likely tell you in the end whether that happened.