Early Case Assessment
Early Case Assessment
Our Early Case Assessment (ECA) services involve the proper identification, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of electronically stored information.
We assist litigation counsel and the client by analyzing and synthesizing evidence from multiple sources, collaborating with our client and their counsel to develop an initial case strategy while also formulating a preliminary discovery and litigation plan that will advance the chosen strategy towards a successful resolution. Cases are won by identifying clear litigation objectives and from there building a litigation plan that is focused on achieving those goals.
Practical ECA Strategy
We provide a spreadsheet report that will include additional file attributes such as creation date/time, last accessed date/time, last written date/time, path/location of a file, file size, etc. Our analysis is the preliminary step to isolating the most relevant and useful data, and how it was misused.
Conducting an ECA on a hard drive device (i.e., computer, tablet, cell phone, etc.) may establish a user’s various trends such as installation of programs, mass deletions of files, as well as link files which may provide details of the directories a particular file was accessed from. It may also provide whether or not a file has been accessed, copied and/or otherwise tampered with from a shared computer or company directory (i.e., corporate server). Our Team can also determine whether an unauthorized program was installed, such as a data wiping program, as well as being able to do much more.
The type of digital forensic matters we focus on include a vast range of crimes facilitated by computers, such as: Data theft, Restricted Covenant & Non-Compete, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Theft of IP, Commercial Litigation, Embezzlement, Bankruptcy, FINRA/SEC/HIPAA Inspections or Violations, Securities Fraud, Matrimonial Related Matters, White Collar Crime, and many more… For over a decade, we have advised countless clients and handled various types of litigation and legal disputes in these areas, across State and Federal courts.
Once evidence is successfully extracted from an electronic device during a digital forensic examination, a judge, jury, opposing counsel and our client's legal team must completely understand the evidence obtained.
Digital4nx Group provides clear, concise, and professional pre and post litigation support for plaintiffs and defendants, including expert witness testimony, both in and out of federal and state court. We draw upon experience from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, which include former law enforcement officers and agents, licensed private investigators, digital forensics and cyber security specialists and industry veterans.
The volume of data captured by organizations is growing at ever increasing rates. The challenge is extracting value from all this data in a secure manner that is cost-effective and easy to understand.
Digital4nx has partnered our hosting infrastructure in an ultra-secure, state-of-the-art SAS 70 Type II Certified Data Center (US) facility designed to meet SOX, HIPAA, Safe Harbor Compliant and SAS 70 requirements. With powerful software tools at your fingertips, and one of our subject matter experts guiding your next steps, you can now save time and money when reviewing your documents for relevancy and privilege.
If you suspect a rogue employee or other ill-intentioned person has illegally misused or accessed your data in an unauthorized way, we urge you to have Digital4nx Group perform an Early Case Assessment on the digital information in question.
Whether the perpetrator installed a malicious program, copied or deleted critical files, accessed information without permission, or in any way modified data from a shared or company directory (corporate server), Digital4nx Group will help you identify and analyze the servers, hard drives, phones, or other electronic device types you suspect may have been involved to commit a computer crime against you or your company.
Proactively Prevent Potential Problems
In many matters, a broad analysis will involve determining whether or not a machine was in use during a specific date range or a particular time range.
In addition, Digital4nx Group can deploy clandestine software to monitor and investigate an employee’s computer activities. The solution also can assist in the detection and prevention of data breaches and data leaks, enforces compliance needs, computer usage policies, enforcement of protecting confidential information or IP, regulatory compliance such as safeguarding Personal Identifying Information (PII), HIPPA, etc., and provide insight into maximizing productivity and efficiency.
The bottom line is that we provide solutions to proactively prevent potential problems, and provide information which can be used as leverage when proprietary information has been copied, e-mailed or printed without authorization by current or former employees, and or “record” digital activities which can be used for a later investigation.
In short, the ECA should include the full skill set that an experienced litigator draws upon to seize the advantage from his or her adversary and develop a proactive strategy for winning the case.
Trust Digital4nx Group With Your Security Matters
Digital4nx Group’s consultants have a wealth of legal, technical and industry expertise, making them uniquely qualified to craft early data assessment strategies for your particular needs while following best practices.
Our consultants bridge the gap between legal strategy and technology by identifying and mitigating risks prior to litigation.
Defensible ESI Practices
We identify and confirm critical data filtering terms. Our consultants are familiar with the proper size and diversity of source data to ensure that a representative data set holds up under scrutiny.
Testing & Validating Data
We run queries and repeatedly test, analyze, sample and validate data by measuring and analyzing its response to various key terms.
Developing Search Strategies
We select the most effective search methodology (e.g., concept vs. keyword searching) and the best search terms to effectively and defensibly identify what time frames, individuals and subject matters are the most relevant.
There are no surprises. We develop long-term relationships with our clients, approaching each engagement with a focus on bringing value.
We believe that Cyber Security is NOT an IT issue, but a business risk issue!
Digital4nx Group is focused on assisting our clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is essential that once evidence is extracted, a judge, jury, opposing counsel and our client's team completely understand the evidence obtained from the digital forensic examination. In today's litigious world, the translators of digital information win.
We call it a "Digital Autopsy", which is using proprietary methods and various technology tools to recover active and deleted information off computer systems and other electronic devices. The best practices insure the proper identification, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of electronically stored information. Digital evidence can be text messages, emails, internet history including web email, cloud based storage devices, social media sites, navigation equipment, IoT (Internet of Things) devices and much more.
It depends on type of device, number of devices, what is being sought (smoking guns), etc. It generally can range from $2500.00 and up.
Digital forensics can support the forensic accounting efforts in a case. For example, we could provide the various deleted versions of their accounting systems, we can conduct searches and provide deleted files which "hit" on those search terms, we can provide the web sites accessed which may be financially related, and where a subpoena may reveal more information to be helpful.
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