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Electronically Stored Information – More than Just Domestic Cases

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics


Question Mark Key on Computer KeyboardI receive calls from attorneys and clients on a daily basis. Some I have worked for in the past and some got my name from a colleague. In most cases, there is an issue involving electronic data, computers, mobile devices or the internet. Anytime electronically stored information becomes part of a civil or criminal matter, it can get very confusing. Most issues involve what information is available, where it is, how to get it, and what it means to the case. Most matters are quite common but many are unique.

The attorneys I speak with rarely if ever rely on computer forensics or have to deal with it in a case. Attorneys that work in specific area such as domestic matters are more likely to utilize computer forensics. It is interesting to see that computer forensics can be beneficial in many different types of litigation.

Unique Cases Involving Electronically Stored Information

  • Did a doctor research the medical complaints of a patient? We forensically imaged the computer he used to prove that he did.
  • Did an employee, after hearing about his termination, collect documents from his employer’s server before going to work for a competitor? We analyzed all data and determined that he took data with him when he left. (Actually, he took more than they initially thought.)
  • Did someone modify a document after signatures and agreement? Our results determined that they did.
  • Were employees sending harassing messages via text? We analyzed multiple cell phones used by employees of a company, and not all suspected employees were involved.
  • Was personally identifiable information (PII) exposed on the server? We determined how the hack occurred, what data was exposed, and who to notify.
  • Who owns these photos? The court determined the images on a computer we had to identify, save for the court, and remove from a computer.

The bottom line is that if there is even a slight possibility that electronically stored information could be available and shed light on the case, contact Protus3. We can advise you on the options available to you or your client.


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