Deadbolt Forensics Provides Insight on the Role of Digital Forensics in the Litigation and Prosecution of Cyber Crimes

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From April 29th – May 2nd six hundred cybersecurity experts, government agents, intelligence officers, and private sector IT professionals gathered in DC to speak about cyber crimes and digital forensics at the U.S. Cyber Crime Conference. Post conference, Michael Yasumoto, Senior Forensic Analyst at Deadbolt Forensics, gave his advice on how businesses and individuals can further protect themselves from cyber threats.

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It is now common practice to assume that your network will be compromised at some point in the future and rather than focus on prevention, the new paradigm is one of early detection.

Last month hundreds of professionals gathered together in Washington, DC for the 12th annual U.S. Cyber Crime Conference. Originally sponsored by the Department of Defense, this year due to budget constraints the event was put on by eventPower. Conference topics focused on empowering the civilian, defense and government digital forensics communities to rally together to fight against cyber-crime. Key speakers included Jim Christy, the lead sleuth in the famous Cuckoo’s Nest investigation and Phil Zimmerman, the inventor of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption that encrypts emails and digital signatures.

Some takeaways from the conference were the statements that everything can be attacked, individuals shouldn’t rely on the government to protect themselves and new emerging technologies represent new potential avenues for criminals to exploit.

Michael Yasumoto, Senior Forensic Analyst at Deadbolt Forensics commented on the role of digital forensics in future litigation and the prosecution of cyber-crimes, “As technology continues to increase in complexity, the job of the defender quickly becomes an insurmountable task. It is now common practice to assume that your network will be compromised at some point in the future and rather than focus on prevention, the new paradigm is one of early detection. Fortunately, any interaction with a computer leaves behind artifacts of the interaction which can later be used by forensic analysts to reconstruct the event. It is conferences like this one that help ensure forensic examiners are up to date on the latest artifacts which can change quickly as adversaries continue to modify and improve their Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (TTP).“

The Cyber Security and Digital Forensics fields have been growing tremendously since the early 80s. The threat of someone attacking another’s digital footprint has affected multiple sectors, including law firms, businesses and even individuals. The conference highlighted that it is more important now than ever to protect against cyber threats, government protection is no longer enough. Luckily the aid of digital forensic firms like Deadbolt Forensics are able to assist and advise on the proper protection for individuals and businesses alike.

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About Deadbolt Forensics
Deadbolt Forensics is a privately held company focused on digital forensics and the associated services of data preservation, electronic evidence retrieval, analysis, neutral expert witness services, hard drive sanitization, and password/data recovery. The company works directly with attorneys and litigation support teams in both criminal and civil cases supporting plaintiff and defense clients. Deadbolt Forensics accepts clients in the states of Oregon (Registry# 906073-92), Washington (License# 603343020), and Alaska (License# 1000625). For more information on pro bono services offered to our partners in the non-profit sector, please contact us at publicrelations(at)deadboltforensics(dot)com.

Deadbolt Forensics, LLC
1915 NW AmberGlen Pkwy Suite 400 Beaverton, OR 97006
Phone: (503) 683-7138
Fax: (503) 296-5504
Email: info(at)deadboltforensics(dot)com

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