Start the Forensic Collection Process On The Right Foot

Does your firm have clients in need of forensic collection? For smaller firms, the process of forensic collection can be dauntingly involved. Though forensic collection is fairly direct in principle, it both necessitates precision and deals with large volumes of materials and equipment. It also has to be handled in a well-organized and strategic fashion, both to increase the accuracy of the findings and to reduce the amount of time spent recovering the information.

Determine Which Systems Will Be Impacted

Your forensics collection process will need to begin by first determining its scope — the devices and data that are to be included within the inquiry. This should begin with a list of the client’s equipment that will need to be recovered (desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices), in addition to the types of data that need to be recovered from them (emails, PDFs, and other documents). During these initial stages, it’s usually better to err on the side of caution and cover as many devices as deemed prudently necessary. However, you need to be able to collect this information with as minimal disruption as possible.

If your forensic collection will be a significant one, it may become necessary to strategize and create a plan for acquiring data with minimal impact on the company’s business. Larger organizations may need to go through the data acquisition process in stages so that they can maintain their operations throughout. In other situations, it may be preferable to collect the equipment immediately so that the data can be acquired and processed as soon as possible.

Develop a Process for Data Collection

Once the scope of the collection process has been determined, data collection itself must begin. It’s important that the firm begin with a strategic plan for collecting and organizing the data that is most pertinent. The data collection process should be designed to collect as much relevant information as possible — not all the information available. The more superfluous information that is collected throughout this process, the more difficult it will be to find the materials that are applicable to the firm.

Data that is collected will need to be processed and analyzed, which can be handled through advanced, automated systems. Data can be de-duplicated, redundancies removed, and relevant documents promoted towards the top — all through the use of AI algorithms that can take the place of basic review. Strategies can focus on the types of information that are most likely to be applicable to their needs, such as emails and other critical business documents. Once the documents have been culled by this process, they can be analyzed by human reviewers.

Forensic collection doesn’t have to be lengthy or difficult. Smaller firms simply need to focus on strategic planning and automating their initial document review process. By limiting their scope, concentrating on the data that’s most important and leveraging automated system tools, firms can accurately collect forensic data without having to invest significant amounts of time and money. For more information about the data collection process and ways to automate your next forensic collection, contact the experts at Platinum IDS.

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