Keith G. Chval, president and CEO
The COVID-19 pandemic has led the business world into a bout of turmoil by impelling them to adapt to an operating model in which working from home has become the ‘new normal’. As companies are accelerating their digital transformation, cybersecurity is becoming a major concern. They are today moving greater proportions of users’ data to servers. And also, the use of mobile devices—particularly as BYOD—within enterprise IT operations has significantly grown. To this end, it has become absolutely critical for enterprises to take essential proactive steps to both mitigate risks of inadvertent and intentional malfeasance. They also need to position quickly, and forcefully respond to incidents with the full arsenal of potential digital evidence available to them.
That’s where Protek International can help. The company is all set to help clients protect their critical intangible assets and intellectual property from the heightened risk of intentional and accidental leakage related to the hyper-migration to remote working.
Founded in 2005 by a nationally-recognized cybercrimes prosecutor and a decorated FBI Special Agent, Protek brings both extraordinarily high-level expertise to client matters, as well as decades of experience in the cyber and courtroom trenches. “We are not wet-behind-the-ears, untested smarty pants who decided to jump into this pool. We’ve gone to battle. We’ve been going to battle for years,” says Keith G. Chval, the president and CEO, Protek International. Further, the company has been designing and running digital forensics and cyber focused facilities, infrastructure, and operations since before the turn of the century. The company’s current operations and forensics methodologies apply those lessons learned to ensure that its work product not only is accepted in court but maximizes its persuasive value for its clients.
We are not wet-behind-the-ears, untested smarty pants who decided to jump into this pool. We’ve gone to battle. We’ve been going to battle for years
Protek’s bona fides and courtroom presence make an impression to the benefit of its attorney clients—on their clients, opposing counsel, and the court. “It reflects well upon them when their clients see who they associate with, who they are bringing to the table on their behalf,” states Chval. “With opposing counsel, having Protek engaged, producing our curriculum vitaes as their experts, helps to avoid attacks or conflicts if opposing smells a weaker expert whose work might not stand up or whose nerves just might crack under cross-examination.” More importantly, with the court or a jury, the benefit of the doubt that comes with Protek’s credibility can create that extra edge that might translate into a favourable verdict.
Having carved a unique niche, Protek is all excited for what’s in store for 2021. With its corporate transition in the first quarter of 2020, Protek embarked on an ambitious period of Re-focusing, Re-vamping, and Re-vitalization for the rest of the year to lay the foundations and position them to service and exceed client expectations even beyond what they had done over the past 15 years. Beyond deploying all of the “behind the curtain” work and investment aimed at superior client services and satisfaction, Protek also has a couple of major 2021 initiatives that will empower attorneys to leverage electronic evidence and digital forensics like never before. “The wraps are on one until late first quarter, but we just went public with the other in mid-January: The Protek Edge ESI & Cyber Institute (The Institute - Protek - Securing Your Edge (protekintl.com)! The Institute’s mission is to educate and inform attorneys on ESI & Cyber related issues so that they can fearlessly tackle any ESI or cyber issue in aggressively pursuing their clients’ interests,” mentions Chval.
An additional development with Protek’s 2020 transformation that means at least as much to them as any of the others is the launch of The Protek Foundation, and in particular, its association with, and support of, Reclaim 13—one means in which the Foundation pursues its cause of ending human trafficking. “For our team, Protek is but a means to many ends, one of which is empowering us to live lives of meaning by lending a helping hand to others,” concludes Chval.