Case Study: Digital Forensic Investigation on Deleted Information

It took a lot of hard work to build you company, equipping it with the latest technology and hand picking your staff.  You would do anything to make revenues grow and profits to increase. And almost anything to to protect it.  It may come to you as a surprise, but possibly the greatest threat does not come from outside your company, but from inside your company.  With all of the technology available and the number of employees, it is possible to be vulnerable to attack from within.

Think for a minute, has this happened to you?

Your computers combined with the internet is a powerful tool, used for good and bad.  The ‘delete’ key can correct mistakes or hide wrong doing.  I promise you, if an employee is doing bad, it is not on the company email.  They used out of band email, such as Hotmail or Gmail, and they think it is deleted when they log off.  They have not deleted it, it still exists.

At DIGITS LLC, we are consistently asked if the data exists in various locations.  Often times, we will get a case that originated from the company and the company’s I.T. department. Only to find out that the data has not been deleted- that it actually exists in multiple locations, both on the devises (laptops, smartphones, other network files shares).  Also, third party locations.  We are able to determine and assist clients in determining where their data really lives.  This is critically important in the areas of litigation.  When a company has been served with a litigation hold or recently served with a sapeina, a regulatory compliance seponia, or a lawsuit requesting that certain electronically stored information to be collected, preserved and ultimately produced.

We work with clients regularly to identify where that data is.  Either within their four walls or at some third party location.  We assist our client to properly collect, preserve,and ultimately examining and producing that data which is relevant to their litigation.

These are cases that DIGITS LLC can lend a tremendous amount of value to. We can forensically analyze the laptops, the desktops, the smartphones, as well as the out of band email communications that are taking place between the employee and the outside entities to determine what is really going on.  In Computer Forensics, we can dig deep and find out what your employees are doing.  We can also conduct high level investigations if you have been violated, or think you have been.

Your I.T. person might be the first person to notice that something suspicious has happened.  When they inform you, your first inclination will be to have the I.T. person investigate the problem- this could be the worst possible thing you could do. I.T. professionals are not forensic experts.  They do not use the same tools or have the same certifications that forensic experts hold.  I.T. treats data as data. At DIGITS LLC we treat data as evidence.  If the I.T. professional goes into the electronic devise and damages the evidence, it will be difficult to prove in a court of law, because things change.

When DIGITS LLC completes an investigation, you will have a report that is a thorough and complete depiction, in which your legal team can proceed.  If a problem is detected, DIGITS LLC can get to the bottom of it.  We can stand as an expert witness in the case of litigation.  We can advise your company on proactive prevention and compliance with policies and procedures.

If you find yourself involved with litigation, a regulator compliance matter, give DIGITS LLC a call.  We have assisted clients negate these matters and consulted them with the proper evidence collection, preservation, examination, and production of this information that is relevant specifically to their case.  We can help solve your problem.  DIGITS LLC has done it with over 115 years of law enforcement, decades of experience with digital forensics and advanced technology investigations.  We have been on some of the largest high profile investigations in the country and we can do it for you.  Not only can we help you solve an immediate problem as a reactive approach, but we can also assist you proactively manage and mitigate your risk moving forward so that you can identify issues and deal with those issues before they become a problem.

For additional information, visit our website or call us at 877-216-2511.

2 comments on “Case Study: Digital Forensic Investigation on Deleted Information

  1. In forensic investigation, proofs are usually collected for investigating and interpreting the details that is additionally represented for legal process in the court and this hardwork is completed by a Forensic engineer.

    • DigitsLLC says:

      That is correct, Kelly. DIGITS LLC has several Digital Forensic experts that are trained in many different elements of examination including: eDiscovery, Computer Forensic investigations, Data Recovery, all for litigation purposes and corporate computer investigations.

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