Almost all organizations have become dependent on information technology (IT) that helps their teams perform their day-to-day tasks. This has led to growth and development in many companies but with this growth comes potential risks. These risks have created the need for a solution that can help minimize and mitigate these risks.
Company Strategies During Unforeseen Events
Many companies face unforeseen events. Due to these events corporations have put in place strategies such as incident response, awareness training, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning.
In addition to recovery issues, an unwanted incident can also result in other issues such as insurance claims, legal matters, and regulatory issues.
In the course of recovery and investigation, claims may arise against employees, third parties, or even the organization (e.g. what led to the incident, who else was involved, etc).
Digital Forensic Tools and Techniques
Could it have been negligence, malicious intent, fraud, or sabotage? Digital evidence becomes very important when such issues arise in an organization that uses IT infrastructure, even if the usage is minimal.
Digital forensic tools and techniques can help retrieve and analyze digital evidence. Users of information systems leave digital footprints whenever they use the systems—be computer systems, smartphones, mobile phones, tablets, or networks (i.e., the Internet, intranets, phone networks).
Digital forensics is typically being used for investigations that are more geared toward legal or law enforcement issues that are likely to end up in court. However, digital forensic tools and techniques can also be used in a company strategy after an unforeseen event has occurred.
In a nutshell, digital forensic tools and techniques can be used to trace and investigate what may have occurred or led to an incident, retrieve lost data, and gather evidence for use by an organization against a person or entity to defend the organization.
Benefits of Implementing Digital Forensic Tools in Your Company
More than Employee Monitoring
An organization typically carries out activities such as employee monitoring to surveil the workplace, and staff members’ location and activities. Employee monitoring cases may not necessarily require obtaining evidence for building a legal case, but there is the possibility that such investigations could lead to legal action (e.g., sabotage, fraud).
In such a case, evidence being presented in court must be collected and documented in a legally acceptable manner for admissibility.
Digital forensics can also be used for audit investigations and can be very useful when investigating fraud. Auditors can use digital forensic tools and techniques to monitor and review compliance with organizational policies and regulatory requirements.
For example, digital forensics can help discover and trace unauthorized Internet access by employees, loopholes, and vulnerabilities in the network, and malware incidents such as attacks and intrusions that can be analyzed to determine how the breach occurred in order to prevent future attacks.
Adding Digital Forensics to your Company Strategies
Having a digital forensic readiness plan and strategy in place goes a long way toward ensuring such investigations and any discovery can be handled and presented properly.
Oxygen Forensic® Detective Network
Oxygen Forensic® Detective Network is a cost-efficient solution for organizations with multiple users and remote workstations. The Network license has all the Detective features included. You can extract data from multiple sources, analyze it using the built-in analytical tools, and make reports.
Oxygen Forensic® Detective Network is Oxygen Forensics’ solution to assist companies to fill the gap in their digital forensic strategy and help prevent unforeseen digital events.
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