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Employee Deception: Too Little, Too Late

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEComputer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

Protus3 conducts a wide variety of corporate investigations related to employee deception. Some of the more common issues involve harassment complaints or theft of data. Sometimes these issues appear while the employee is still with the company. In other cases, the employee deception does not come to light for weeks or months after they have left the company. Even when …

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Two-Factor Authentication: A Resolution That Works

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEComputer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, Mobile Forensics, Security Program Development, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

Many people ring in the New Year with celebrations and hopes of a better year. The New Year symbolizes the ending of one year and the beginning of another even better year. Some offer advice to bring happiness and prosperity to others: Eat twelve grapes at midnight or eat black-eyed peas on January 1. My advice is more concrete and …

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Travel Scams

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEComputer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, Mobile Forensics, News, Security Program Development, Training

The FBI investigates many categories of crimes including travel scams. As a result, they receive many tips that can be beneficial to the public when passed along. I am glad that the FBI has increased the process of alerting and educating the public about certain security issues. This is most evident as it relates to internet and computer security. Most …

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Is the Answer on a Mobile Device?

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEElectronic Data Recovery, Mobile Forensics

Quite often, yes. Clients have been complaining that John, your sales representative, hasn’t been showing up to scheduled appointments for months. You have also noticed that his area sales have been rapidly declining. However, John has been submitting reports for all the expenses he’s incurred while traveling. You decided to fire John due to the discrepancies in his reports. Now …

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Is Your Customer Data Your Greatest Asset or Your Greatest Liability (or Both)?

Protus3Compliance, Computer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, Intellectual Property

This article about customer data was originally published by Matthew A. Cordell at Ward and Smith, P.A. Customer data can be a treasure trove for an organization. Many businesses believe customer and prospect data to be their most valuable asset. Unfortunately, some have discovered that, unless handled with care, it can also be their greatest liability. Organizations of all kinds …

Ransomware – All Hope is Not Lost

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEComputer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, News

Recently Protus3 was asked to assist someone who had fallen prey to ransomware. The person had clicked on an attachment in an email. It wasn’t too long before the message, shown here, popped up on their screen that the ransomware had encrypted all of the files in their My Documents folder. Remembering a recent news article about the identification of …

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Data Security: Where There Is Data, There Should Be Policy

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCECompliance, Computer Forensics, Crisis Management Planning, Electronic Data Recovery, Security Program Development

The recent report by the Wall Street Journal about the Morgan Stanley data security breach scares me as an employee. Reportedly, Morgan Stanley terminated Galen Marsh, a financial adviser, for allegedly stealing account information from about 350,000 wealth management clients and posting some of it online. Federal law enforcement officials are focusing their probe on the possibility that Marsh’s computer …

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Security Suggestions – The Cloud and Your Data

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCEComputer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, Intellectual Property

I am often asked to discuss IT and data security as it relates to storing data on the Cloud. Nine out of ten times I am asked two inevitable questions: “What is the Cloud?” and “Where is the Cloud?”. Hopefully I will answer these questions as I discuss ways to keep your data secure on the Cloud. There are a …

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NC companies’ Secrets at Risk, Cyber Terrorism Experts Say

Protus3Computer Forensics, Electronic Data Recovery, News, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

In this day and age, sometimes it is difficult to discern truth from fiction. Greg Baker is an expert in the area of cyber terrorism and a leader in developing public/private relationships that work. In the later years of his career with the FBI, he was the face of InfraGard North Carolina. InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort …

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Legal Requirements as Mobile Devices Inundate Offices

Protus3Compliance, Computer Forensics, Crisis Management Planning, Electronic Data Recovery, Intellectual Property, Security Program Development

By Elizabeth Johnson Originally published in Business North Carolina’s Law Journal, May 2012 issue With 87% of employees confirming they use personal electronic devices for work, designing a workable “bring-your-own-device” program is probably overdue. BYOD is a tricky issue; 48% of companies claim they would never authorize employees to use personal devices for work, but 57% acknowledge that employees do …