Electronic discovery (also known as e-Discovery or eDiscovery ) is a type of investigation that works to discover information that is presented in an electronic format with the intent of using as evidence in a litigation. In some ways, it is similar to many computer forensic investigations where evidence is analyzed, and then reviewed using a document review platform. Documents are reviewed as its native file or as a PDF or in TIFF format, after conversion. The platform provides investigators with the ability to search large amounts of electronically stored information or ESI, at one time.
Our Investigators may work with email messages, software programs, plain text/images, web pages, word processing files, spreadsheets, meta-data, databases, backup tapes, cache memory, hard drives, CD-ROMs, thumb drives, PDAs, firewall/IDS logs, phone call logs, IM transmissions, and other types of computer and electronic data. Depending on the type of investigation, investigators may strive to recover lost files or information, trace changes to electronic files, or determine whether any electronic files were involved in cyber-crimes.
Our investigator may advise a client to take steps right away such as gather all related data files, or whether they should shut down a computer under certain circumstances. Our investigator will visit the scene, speak with clients and/or any others involved, and carefully examine the computer system or the electronic files affected. Generally, investigations are carried out on the contents of the hard drive on a specific computer. Our Investigators create a digital copy of the hard drive and further investigate using the copy rather than the original, which is secured and stored in its original condition. Depending on the exact situation, we may use surveillance, computer investigations, network investigations, internet use investigations, data recovery techniques, special software, and other types of techniques to gather evidence and to resolve the problem.
Unfortunately, the rate of cyber-crime is rising and many companies lose billions of dollars each year to cyber criminals and fraud. In many cases, an eDiscovery investigation is the best way to protect a company or to find evidence of wrong-doing that can lead to arrest or prosecution.
If you believe any of these issues are confronting you, contact Olympic Tactical & Investigations eDiscovery investigator. Our private investigators are experienced, qualified, and able to work with the latest techniques and comply with the most recent industry regulations.