By Michael Cormier
In the past we’ve talked about the problem of cybercrime in the workplace, and how to prevent it. In this article we’ll focus on the other side of the coin: cyber recovery.
Simply put, cyber recovery is the art of retrieving information stored and moved around in cyberspace. It’s the effort to revisit the scene of the crime, prove the crime itself, and in certain instances gain back what was taken.
A highly effective cyber recovery program like the one offered by Hire Authority (www.hireauth.com; 508-230-5901) is a necessity in today’s computer-driven business world. As cybercrime continues to skyrocket, it’s vitally important to hire the right experts, who can not only match wits with, but also outwit today’s sophisticated hackers and thieves.
Cybercrime comprises many things: embezzlement, theft of intellectual property and sabotage are just some of the attacks to which every business is vulnerable to some degree. What’s most disturbing about these attacks is that most of them are not committed by invisible hackers operating from thousands of miles away. Rather, the main culprits are a company’s own employees, vendors and contractors.
Internal cybercriminals, as we’ll call them, come in just as many varieties as the crimes themselves. They may be the financially strapped employees entrusted with access to company funds. Or the employee departing for greener pastures, and talking along your company’s client data for his own use. Sometimes it’s a disgruntled employee dropping a virus into the system as a final goodbye.
Of course, spotting potential trouble with a thorough background check before hiring is your first line of defense. Yet even the most thorough background check might not turn up every problem. Human nature being what it is, every now and then a seemingly ethical employee is going to be tempted by the dark side.
To complicate matters, most employees these days, from upper management all the way down to the mailroom, have some kind of access to company computers. Such wide access to internal databases increases efficiency, but also increases vulnerability.
That’s why Hire Authority offers its Cyber Recovery Solutions service. A service like CRS is designed to chase down the problem before it gets out-of-hand. And if the damage has already been done, Hire Authority’s CRS service can hunt down all the information and evidence needed to collar the criminal and seek justice.
In a nutshell, here are the functions Hire Authority’s computer forensics experts are trained to perform:
- Computer Forensics – A certified computer forensics examiner can analyze and often recover data while observing strict evidentiary rules for later use in court.
- Internet History – A particular user’s Internet access during specific time periods can be researched and proven, including search terms entered into various search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.). Email and communications on social networking sites may be recoverable, too, even if the user believes he has actually deleted it.
- Mobile Device Forensics – Cell phones, PDA’s, Tablets, MP3 Players and GPS Units are all computerized, and just like regular computers, an expert analyst can discover and extract valuable information from these devices.
- Human Resource Investigations – Forensic analysis can determine if a departing employee has removed any data from company computers for their own use or for a competing company. This includes determining if the employee has used a removable storage device (like a thumb drive) to copy sensitive data.
- Secure Data Destruction – To keep sensitive information out of the hands of future users and hackers, experts can properly destroy a computer’s hard drive, or wipe it using a 3, 4 or 7- pass Department Of Defense (DoD) overwrite depending on the company’s security requirements.
Serious security breaches and theft can be cause for serious litigation, whether civil or criminal. Hire Authority’s experts stand ready to consult with your legal team, as well as provide expert testimony.
So when it comes to preventing or proving cybercrime, don’t go it alone. Remember: utilizing a top-tier investigation firm like Hire Authority (www.hireauth.com; 508-230-5901) can make all the difference.
The foregoing should not be construed as legal advice. Employers should always consult their own legal counsel for advice on labor and employment matters.