CYFOR are experts in the retrieval of digital evidence relating to IP data theft, including the unauthorised access and dissemination of data and the communications around this.
We provide investigations in cases ranging from intellectual property theft, partnership and contract disputes, to whistleblowing matters.
Our extensive capabilities allow us to forensically investigate digital devices such as computers, mobile phones, hard drives and tablets within strict time frames to meet client requirements.
Data theft has been a long-standing issue for businesses and subsequent employers, with the statistics increasing as the business landscape becomes ever more digitised. We are frequently instructed by clients who have had company data stolen by current or former employees.
Data theft commonly occurs when an employee leaves a business to work for a rival, or to set up their own company. An organisation’s confidential data is usually one of its most valuable assets, whether the data is trade secrets, a client database or financial information. It can be critical to giving an organisation the competitive edge within its relevant market.
Intellectual property is a key business asset. It is often the distinguishable factor that helps a business to stand out amongst its competitors. Brand recognition, operational secrets and confidential technical product information are key factors to many company’s success and growth.
If a competing organisation was to imitate a patented company design too closely or take possession of a companies’ IP, the damage could be tremendous.
The potential risk companies are exposed to by their employees is huge. CYFOR can assist in protecting the integrity of your business data by reducing the impact of ‘bad leavers’ with specialist forensic investigations.
Being recognised as true leaders in this niche area of investigation, our team are vastly experienced and aware of common patterns of behaviour, the mechanics of different storage platforms and devices, and the way in which individuals attempt to cover their tracks, and the traces they leave behind. Our reports provide a comprehensive, explanatory narrative to tie in all the relevant data identified.
Whether it is an individual who has colluded with a third party to disseminate confidential information or a departing employee who has taken client/customer data with them for a competitive edge, we can uncover the hidden audit trail left behind.
If evidence of data theft exists and the intellectual property of your client has been compromised, then we will find it.
This includes the following areas of investigation;