Keeping the trace of movement of an intangible asset is problematic sometimes as there are no objective or paper to analyze. Only what can be found are a lot of binary numbers on the screen. Therefore, for an investigator locating the evidence is a bit tricky as stealing of digital IP is an easier process for the perpetrators. This is why the investigation is carried out and handled in a different way, not as a regular criminal investigation. A designated expert who can seriously examine it and can explain in the report of what it really means is passed the evidence. The evidence should carry probative value or relevance in the floor of the court. The good news is that Cyber Investigations has developed many effective methods for handling investigations regarding IP theft.
The Crime Scene is the Device
A murder spot is cordoned off so that the blood, hair, or fiber evidence is protected, the same way any IP investigation requires the electronic device related to the crime. Any other associated devices are shut down, and the device is guarded against any type of intrusion. A methodological process might be applied by the investigators to identify and harvest data that are useful in determining if a crime has been committed. This process needs an expert to handle it as if any untrained person attempts the sensitive data of the device; they always have the risk of destroying the critical evidence.
A Dive Deep in Data
For the forensic examination to be successful for IP theft, it should go beyond only determining movement of the user and communication contents. It should go much deeper in the data to bring out exactly what was transpired when the crime took place.