Different business sectors are subject to different regulations, and the tools and tactics you use in one sector may differ from those in another sector. If you work in a particular sector exclusively, you can more easily become familiar with the rules that govern computer forensics in that sector and thus focus mainly on the technical aspects of your work. But if your work requires you to deal with different sectors, then you must be able to differentiate between the rules and regulations that apply to one sector versus those that apply to another.
With your group, apply the concepts associated with the legal environment to the particular business sector you selected previously. Some laws apply to specific types of environments, such as banking. Others detail what search and seizure operations can take place within a law enforcement environment. Determine which laws are relevant to your business sector, and identify the likely organizational stakeholders in that sector. What interactions would your group expect among the organization, government, law enforcement, and the community?
Compose a 2- to 3-page group report that summarizes the legal environment for your business sector. Provide an analysis of the legal environment in which your business operates by addressing the following questions:
Which laws are relevant to your business sector?
Who are the stakeholders in the company? In other words, who affects or is affected by the business operations?
What interactions does the business have with local government? For example, does your business sector operate as part of a city or county function? Does the business deal with local government for sales or service? How might local government laws and regulations affect your business sector? How might your business sector affect local government?
What interactions might the business have with law enforcement? For example, is your business sector a law enforcement agency? Might your company deal with law enforcement agencies regularly? How might regulations and laws that restrict the actions of law enforcement agencies affect your business?
What interactions does the business have with the communities in which it operates? How does the legal environment of your business sector affect the community? Does your business use community resources to, for instance, manufacture products or services that are regulated?