The July 6, 2018, issue of the Triangle Business Journal included an article entitled “Millions evaporate as trade secrets lawsuits fly across NC, US”. This article provided good information about the increase in the theft of company-owned data.
We have also seen an increase of data theft investigations at Protus3. We work side-by-side with law firms to provide evidence of suspected activity. An employer’s client list and product lists are common targets. Similarly, one case involved the improper collection of HR data by an employee over several years from multiple companies.
Digital forensics plays an important role in recovering evidence of the theft of electronic information. Because of the increase of cloud storage, portable storage devices, and web-based email accounts, this theft is much easier.