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The definition of Digital Forensics — the science of extracting electronic information, both visible and invisible, from electronic devices.  Some of these include computers, laptops, phones, tablets, surveillance cameras, servers, etc. With the ubiquitous nature of electronic devices both in the workplace and at home, it’s little wonder why so much of today’s “evidence” is found on them.

Digital Forensics surrounds us in unprecedented ways.  As such it is becoming harder and harder for our digital forensics investigators to track down potential wrongdoings through traditional investigative means.  Digital evidence, including e-mail, activity logs, correspondence, user documents, internet activity and other electronic files are becoming increasingly crucial in internal investigations, civil matters and criminal cases, even when the data has been deleted or an attempt has been made at deleting and/or covering up the evidence.

The digital forensics investigators at Vestige are able to successfully analyze all electronic evidence, recovering data even if it has been deleted. Our digital forensics experts and investigators know and understand the artifacts and trace evidence that exists on electronic devices and how those can be used in both computer forensics court cases and non-litigation-related investigations. Look to Vestige for forensic examination of digital devices.

Vestige Strengths

Our Electronic Evidence Experts provide the assurance of handling not only the technical details, but also the legal aspects of cases. Clients choose Vestige for their digital and computer forensic investigations because we offer:

  • Unparalleled Responsiveness – we understand the legal environment and the pressures our clients are under to get quick results
  • Unmatched Technical Investigative Expertise that is injected into every matter we work ensuring that no stone goes unturned. At the end of the computer forensic investigation you can be assured that the answers we provide are the right answers
  • Unbiased, Neutral Expertise to help you understand the Good, the Bad and the Ugly so that your team can make well-informed decisions
  • Ability to Convey Complex Technical Information in an easy-to-understand and use fashion

Key Facts About Vestige

  • Deep Knowledge of Digital Forensics with extensive Investigative Experience
  • Authentication & Admissibility of Digital Evidence
  • Responsive to the special needs of:
    – Attorneys & Their Clients
    – Financial Professionals – Accountants & Auditors
    – Insurance
    – IT
    – HR
    – Channel Partners
  • Testimony Experience

Services:

  •  Acquire & Preserve Data in a forensically-sound manner from all Digital Systems & Media Types (see list below).
  • Extract & Analyze all types of data including:
    • CONTENT, such as:
      • User documents (Word, Excel, PDFs)
      • Correspondence (e-mail, instant messages/texts)
      • Web history, including searches conducted
      • Printed documents, faxed documents
      • Business records
      • Databases
      • Deleted data

       

    • ARTIFACTS, such as:
      • Software installed/uninstalled
      • Hardware attached/removed
      • Evidence of file transfers
      • CD/DVD burning
      • Network connections (including WiFi, Cellular, etc.)
      • Remote access activity
      • Evidence of hack-in
      • Disturbance in the force
      • Deletion activity
      • Wiping software

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Representing

Vestige Serves as a Neutral Expert to Either Side.  Vestige works with many of the top law firms including international, national and regional teams offering forensic analysis for court purposes or internal investigations. Our clients represent both plaintiffs and defendants. We are members of a number of local, regional, national and Specialty Bar Associations. In matters where the court is looking for expeditious and efficient process to get to the relevant facts, we are appointed to serve as Neutral Experts. We also work extensively with Financial, HR, Insurance, IT and Law Enforcement professionals.

Vestige Representing Pie Chart

Case Types

System and Media Types

Vestige provides timely and trusted investigations of any digital devices including:
  • Windows
  • Macintosh
  • Unix | Linux
  • Workstations | Laptops
  • File Servers
  • E-mail Servers
  • Database Servers
  • Application Servers
  • Cell Phone Forensics
  • Mobile Devices
  • Digital Surveillance Systems
  • Digital Voicemail | Phone Systems
  • Digital Recorders
  • Removable Media (CDs, DVDs, USB Thumb-Drives and more…

Methodologies

Vestige exceeds Industry Standard methodologies and protocols established by a number of Professional Associations specific to Digital / Computer Forensics. As an organization comprised of forensically-trained trial attorneys and forensically-trained IT professionals, Vestige derives its protocols from applicable case law, best practices and standards promulgated by our industry.

We have assisted in a variety of computer forensic investigations including:
  • Digital Forensics Investigations
  • Human Resources Investigations
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Cyber Investigations

In nearly all aspects Vestige exceeds digital forensic methodology protocols by adding our expertise to the mix. We attribute our success to our commitment to high standards along with our years of experience with a variety of digital investigations.

We treat every case as if it is going to go to trial…that way we’re well prepared for those that actually do.

Some of the specific methodologies that we embrace:

  • U.S. Department of Justice Guidelines on the Searching and Seizure of Electronic Evidence
  • International Society of Forensic Computer Examiner’s (ISFCE) Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • ISFCE’s Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification requirements
  • Guidance Software’s EnCE certification requirements
  • National Institute of Standards and Testing (NIST) Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) project
  • Acquisition / Imaging

Vestige’s work begins by identifying relevant electronic data sources for which we then create forensic clones. A forensic clone also goes by a number of synonyms such as: bit-for-bit imaging, byte-for-byte imaging, mirror image and exact copy. Vestige’s protocol ensures that the clone we take is an exact duplicate of the source drive and provides a mechanism for authenticating the evidence down-the-road.

Analysis

A digital forensics investigator from Vestige will use an arsenal of over 250 tools to properly analyze the evidence and uncover electronic “footprints” or artifacts that are left on electronic media. Testing of the results of our analysis is tantamount to our methodologies and success. As we analyze the evidence, our hypotheses surrounding the findings are tested using an environment as close to or the same as the source environment–this provides the truest results and adds strength to our findings.

Reporting & Testifying

Vestige’s digital forensic investigators have testified in both state and federal cases numerous times. While only a small percentage of cases ever require testimony, Vestige is well prepared to provide opinions via affidavit, testimony at deposition, hearing testimony and trial testimony. For those cases that don’t require testimony, Vestige conveys results orally or prepares written reports including Expert Reports. We encourage you to call us at (800) 314-4357 to set up a meeting to discuss how Vestige Digital Investigations can assist your organization.

The use of Digital and Computer Forensic Investigation and Consultants is far-reaching. Whether the need is for an internal investigation to discover digital fraud case types or any number of specific case types where either civil litigation or criminal proceedings are eminent, there’s a good possibility that a digital forensics expert can assist. Vestige conducts hundreds of investigations each year and as such we have built up a high level of expertise in many applicable types.

CONTACT US today to talk to a digital forensics investigator so we can discuss how Vestige can assist you with a forensic examination of digital devices for evidence.

 

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