Robert Kirtley, Director
As the world became more digitalized, one unintended yet overwhelming consequence was the growing number of cyber crimes. This paved the need for advanced digital forensic technologies, which could collect and analyze the trails of digital activities, including fragments, activity logs, timestamps, and metadata. With its capacity to provide factual evidence for creating narratives around events in question and strong data and analytics capabilities, cyber forensics is now a powerful tool for litigation, becoming ever more critical in solving legal cases. Cyber forensics today then, has become an integral facet of data security for enterprises. In this regard, iDiscoverySolutions (“iDS”) stands out from the crowd, by providing a gamut of complex investigative and advisory services in cyber forensics, delivering domestic and international discovery solutions, data analysis, and expert testimony across different industries.
In the past—prior to utilizing data analytics—large number of human resources was required to review data records. Apart from being inefficient, this process is time consuming, providing no insights into the data, and incapable of deriving meaningful outcomes. This is where iDS’ expertise comes into action. By leveraging their experienced team of programming and database consultants, the company verifies and validates massive amounts of data to provide the resource necessary to derive the best possible results for its clients. The company has been engaged in consultations and works with transactional data on some of the largest and most complex legal cases in the history of the U.S.
When it comes to expert testimony and consulting, the company utilizes their prior experience as former members of the general counsel, litigation support for reputed law firms, national directors inside eDiscovery consulting firms, SEC forensic investigators, and compliance directors within multi-national organizations.
We solve problems others cannot and strive to give our clients unparalleled access to information that exceeds their expectations
The firm’s experts have been represented as 30(b)(6) witnesses, subject matter experts, and opinion experts, not to mention their eDiscovery lifecycle management. iDS is unequivocal when it comes to expert testimony in the areas of electronic systems, information, and discovery. What gives them a competitive advantage in the market is the breadth of experience and the ability to give expert opinions.
“Our consultants work with counsel to overlay best practices and regulatory obligations with internal infrastructure and business requirements,” mentions Robert Kirtley, Director at iDS. This helps the company ensure that their clients are vigilant in complying with legal obligations while understanding the business, infrastructure, and legal requirements. The company’s uniqueness lies in the fact that their consultants work in close liaison with their clients to overlay best practices and regulatory obligations with internal infrastructure and business requirements to develop a sustainable knowledge base and customized, strategic response plans.
“We solve problems others cannot and strive to give our clients unparalleled access to information that exceeds their expectations,” says Kirtley. One such client, a software company, approached iDS with their troubles, which included having access to their customer data and problems while logging in, to name a few. Taking stock of the situation, the firm’s team understood that some of the software company’s systems were tied up with ransomware and on top of that, they were encrypted. iDS was able to identify and isolate the systems that were compromised and came up with a strategy to recover the data from those computers. They were able to fix the issue and restore operations in 48 hours. Their service didn’t stop there; iDS went back and started investigating the issue deeper to find the source of the malware and suggested some best-practices toward achieving data security. In order to maximize efficiency, economy, and effectiveness right expertise and experience are necessary, as Kirtley asserts, “It requires true expertise as well as experience, iDS has it all.”