Company Data Theft Investigations
As Corporate Forensic specialists, CYFOR possess a wealth of experience in company data theft investigations. We are frequently instructed as independent third party experts by companies and their lawyers alike.
We are experienced in examining a broad range of electronic devices, possessing the appropriate expertise and technical resource to conduct high-profile and covert investigations. All investigations culminate in court-admissible evidence and reporting.
Company data theft is the unauthorised or illegal exfiltration, transfer or copying of confidential information from company networks, servers or computers to a third-party location. Organisations rely on the security, integrity and commercial value of their data to remain competitive in their industry. In a world where the majority of company intellectual property (IP) is in a digital format, company data theft is commonplace, causing financial loss and reputational damage.
Company data theft can occur under different guises. Commonly, sales staff take proprietary company information for a competitive edge when moving to a competitor or setting up in competition. For example, in 2019, cyber security software specialists McAfee sued former senior salespeople whom it alleges stole company trade secrets when they moved to a rival security vendor. There has also been a rise in disgruntled employees selling sensitive customer data (such as credit card details) through the Dark Web.
‘Bad leavers’ typically transfer company data to external storage devices, such as USB sticks, external hard drives and mobile phones, as well as utilising cloud storage platforms and email services. Forensically, it is also possible to retain data around documents being printed, which is another medium of company data theft.
The ability to work remotely across numerous digital devices can make the prevention of company data theft, and even the post-event investigation, very difficult. Fortunately, the use of digital forensics can prove highly effective.
As Corporate Forensic Investigation specialists, CYFOR have a wealth of experience in company data theft and breach of restrictive covenant matters. We are frequently instructed as independent third party experts by companies and their lawyers alike.
By applying advanced forensic software and expert analysis, CYFOR can examine devices in detail to uncover hidden audit trails, detailing how data has been infiltrated. We are experienced in examining a broad range of electronic devices, possessing the appropriate expertise and technical resource to conduct high-profile and covert investigations. All investigations culminate in court-admissible evidence and reporting.
Please note that it is crucial that a suitably qualified and experienced digital forensic practitioner undertakes such an investigation. The use of forensically-sound methodology must be employed and documented to ensure that the report produced can be relied upon in both legal and intra-company arenas.