Let’s face it - for many organizations, a ransomware attack is their worst nightmare. The very idea of having the most important files on a single computer encrypted and held hostage is scary enough, much less every computer on your entire network. For many state and local government leaders, this fear rings loud and true. Daily headlines remind them exactly how possible it is for the threat of ransomware to become a reality.
For many, the thought of being a part of a digital forensics examination can be stressful and intimidating. But determining if you or your organization needs to initiate a digital forensics exam can be equally difficult. While some situations will naturally lend themselves towards a digital forensics exam, there are some instances where the answer may not be so clear. For the purposes of this article, a digital forensics exam includes any examination of digital devices that could be involved with a legal matter at some point in time. Let’s walk through a few examples...
When we think about the impact of an unexpected event, it can often leave us with varying emotions. In many cases, those emotions are not pleasant… such as panic and stress, feeling vulnerable or lacking control over the world around us. All too often we see clients experience these feelings during the wake of and after a cybersecurity incident. Cybersecurity incidents are always considered the “what ifs”, too often not measured as a strategic threat. An unexpected cybersecurity incident promises negative impact and can sometimes be catastrophic to an organization. So, what can you do? How can your organization be more resilient? How can you better prepare, and experience calm in a time of crisis?
Forrester Research released a report recently which predicted that our President-elect Donald Trump will face a major cyber crisis within the first 100 days of being president. Who knows if that will come to fruition but one thing is for sure, with the major DDoS attacks recently and the cyber attacks surrounding our election, we are a major target. By we – I mean me, you, American businesses, and America as a whole.
Attorneys are always looking for new forms of evidence for both criminal and civil matters. With the recent advances in digital forensic capabilities, many legal cases are incorporating digital evidence that, if properly (and legally) uncovered and examined, can be leveraged to help a case. I encourage organizations and attorneys to become more familiar with digital forensics to better understand how it can be leveraged in your future cases.
Clients rely on HORNE Cyber to build their cyber resilience. HORNE Cyber's offense-oriented approach to cybersecurity uncovers hidden cyber risk and significantly reduces exposure to security threats, allowing clients to stay compliant with ever-growing regulations and use technology as a lever for growth. HORNE Cyber is a HORNE LLP company.