Altep Inc. Introduces Departed Employee Protocol

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Corporate Risk Assessment Services Define Methods for Analyzing Departing Employees’ Recent Activity

Today, Altep, Inc. announced the expansion of its data forensics and consulting service offerings to include the Departed Employee Protocol. Designed to be executed when an employee leaves a company, the Protocol provides a framework for assessing the recent activity of exiting staff to determine whether risk and/or loss of proprietary or confidential information should be an area of concern. Importantly, the firm manages such inquiries under a flat fee structure so that corporations can better predict and control costs.

More often than not, corporations worry about the onboarding process for employees – ensuring a smooth transition into a new role, making sure appropriate training is completed, and the like. However, corporations should also perform due diligence with regard to departing employees. Altep’s protocol streamlines the process by detailing key items and areas to assess.

Under the Departed Employee Protocol, Altep’s experts forensically analyze a departing individual’s documents, emails, internet activity, file access, and mobile device data to determine whether the employee may have shared or transmitted sensitive information inappropriately. Additionally, Examiners determine whether and when portable devices were connected to the employee’s computer, whether the individual used cloud-based services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and much more.

As a part of the inquiry, Altep’s experts assess data created, sent, received, or used by the departed employee according to its conceptual content, focusing on ideas and conversations which may pose a problem for the client. This is accomplished via Riskcovery®, a concept-driven data analysis platform which leverages a taxonomy of text samples to define ideas of interest, and subsequently identify data in which those ideas are discussed. Altep is the sole distributor of Riskcovery, and staffs a team of analysts who are experts in the use of the tool.

Since these inquiries can provide critical insight into the company’s potential exposure, the Departed Employee Protocol also calls for a comprehensive report, in layman’s terms, of all findings and points of interest. In the event of verified data leakage, Altep’s Cyber Security division can assist in determining the scope and impact of the incident.

"Information leakage is - or should be - a top concern for organizations of all kinds," said Warren Kruse, Altep's VP for Data Forensics. "When an employee leaves the organization, compliance, IT and senior management all have a vested interest in verifying that the individual's access to corporate intellectual property was used appropriately. Altep's Departed Employee protocol provides an important framework for analysis of employee activities, and I'm confident it will prove to be of great value to corporate and law firm clients we support from our offices throughout the US and in Europe."

About Altep
Altep, Inc. is a Relativity Best in Service – Orange Level hosting provider, with certified Experts, Administrators, Analytics Specialists, Reviewer Specialists, Assisted Review Specialists, Infrastructure Specialists, and Sales Professionals on staff. The firm assists Fortune 100 and AM Law 100 clients with data forensics, discovery management, and compliance risk assessment. E-Discovery services include early data assessment, ESI and traditional paper processing, and secure hosting.

Altep’s data and process management experts hold a variety of certifications and credentials, including Project Management Professional, EnCase Certified Forensic Examiner, Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, Licensed Private Investigator, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Privacy Professional, SNIA Certified Storage Professional, and Content Analyst Advanced Analytics Certification. Find more information about Altep, Inc. at

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