When to call a computer forensics expert in civil litigation

It is always most cost-effective to take action early to understand your company’s exposure and, at a minimum, preserve the right data

The situations when a company usually needs a computer forensics analyst involve people as much as computers. Well before a lawsuit is filed, you must often make decisions on how to deal with situations involving employees. Notification from a competitor that your new employees are accused of taking proprietary data or receiving a visit by law enforcement concerning employee misconduct are situations where you must carefully consider what your next steps should be. It is always most cost-effective to take action early to understand your company’s exposure and, at a minimum, preserve the right data.

I am often approached by employers on the plaintiff’s side of situations involving the theft of proprietary data. Evaluating the scope of the data theft right away will help in negotiating with the opposition or in preparing your case. Engaging a computer forensics expert early in a matter will help you identify, preserve and interrogate the right data.

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Peter Garza

Peter Garza is the managing director of Forensic West, Legal Services at DTI. Garza has worked as a consulting, testifying or neutral expert on hundreds...

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