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Employee Data Theft Case Study

Employee Data Theft Case Study

CYFOR was contacted directly by a manufacturer through the recommendation of a solicitor. The business owners suspected that a former employee had upon leaving, stolen company data to start up a competing business.

The individual’s former employers filed litigation proceedings and took him to court. During the former employee’s defence, he divulged information that he could not lawfully be aware of during his employment tenure.

It transpired that he was in a coalition with another former employee who had left the company several years earlier. The information that was exposed gave the Directors of the business a demonstrable reason to suspect more fraudulent activity from the former employee.

Scope of digital forensic analysis;

  • USB device analysis
  • Web browser history analysis
  • Cloud storage analysis
  • Email activity analysis
  • Recovery of deleted data

The primary tools used during this investigation were;


Digital Evidence

Once CYFOR were instructed by the client, the subsequent investigation led us to forensically image, preserve and analyse electronic data from laptops, mobile phones and servers, with the core focus being on emails. This also included the requirement to recover deleted data from the old devices of the former employees.

Processing and Analysis

As they approached CYFOR directly, our eDiscovery experts dealt solely with the directors of the business and gave them access to our online review platform, Relativity. The eDiscovery team provided extensive project management support and identified all the relevant keywords and date ranges applicable to the investigation.

About Relativity

CYFOR utilise premium eDiscovery software, in the form of Relativity. This is an advanced online review platform, incorporating several invaluable features, including email threading, predictive coding and search analytics. These vastly improve review speed and allow data to be filtered and visualised, so you can find the exact information you require quickly and efficiently.

eDisclosure vs eDiscovery

As we worked directly with the client during this investigation, we were able to go straight to the electronic discovery (eDiscovery) phase, utilising the Relativity online review platform to disseminate the data. Typically, during such matters, a company would instruct us via a solicitor and go straight to court proceedings via electronic disclosure (eDisclosure). This would be far more expensive and time-consuming, thus highlighting this alternative approach as a more cost and time-efficient exercise.

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