Forensic Readiness

Forensic Readiness Planning

Computer media can yield a wealth of information which is crucial to the outcome of a case, be it criminal or civil; but how can a computer forensics expert help you?

A forensic investigation of digital evidence is commonly employed as a post-event response to a serious information security incident; this can be both time consuming and expensive. There are many circumstances where an organisation can benefit from the ability to gather and preserve digital evidence before an incident occurs; a Digital Forensics Readiness Policy details the immediate procedures to be employed for any forensic investigation of digital evidence.

Forensic readiness is defined as the ability of an organisation to maximise its potential to use digital evidence whilst minimising the costs of an investigation.

A Digital Forensics Readiness Policy should be established to confirm an organisation’s commitment:

– To gather admissible evidence legally and without interfering with business processes
– To gather evidence targeting the potential crimes and disputes that may adversely impact the organisation
– To allow an investigation to proceed at a cost in proportion to the incident
– To minimise interruption to the business from any investigation
– To ensure that evidence makes a positive impact on the outcome of any legal action, in order to continue core business functions of all Business Stakeholders in the event of a major incident.

Note: The term Digital Forensics Readiness Policy is interchangeable with Computer Forensics Readiness Policy.

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Chris Watts

Chris served in the Royal Air Force for 23 years where he investigated computer misuse and computer security breaches. In 1995 he introduced a formal digital forensic capability into the RAF and remained the central point of contact for this discipline until his retirement in 1999. He entered commercial digital forensics at Vogon International Ltd in January 1999 and, at the time of Vogon's closure in December 2006, Chris was the Computer Investigations Manager.

He has received and provided training on computer data recovery techniques, computer auditing, computer security, digital forensics, mobile phone forensics, computer investigations, computer viruses and computer maintenance from and to both military and commercial sources in the UK and abroad. Chris has, and continues to be, instructed as a digital forensics expert witness for the defence and the prosecution and is an experienced Single Joint Expert

Anthony Smith

Anthony (Tony) joined Vogon International Ltd in 2001 where he was employed as a Data Recovery Engineer performing data recovery duties and providing forensic processing support to the computer forensic department. At Vogon his work mainly concerned the recovery of data from damaged or corrupt storage media and file-systems. From 2007 till 2010 Tony worked in various forensic analyst and forensic consultant roles where his work included converting data to a human readable format, forensic imaging and supporting police forces with the execution of search warrants. In 2011 Tony joined our team where he is employed as a forensic investigator and data recovery expert.