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By: Vincents Chartered Accountants

Electronically Stored Information (ESI) is a relatively new and unique sphere in corporate activity which often can implicate a host of legal issues.

 

Vincents Forensic Technology specialises in delivering timely, well-informed and practical advice to both corporate clients and legal counsel in this burgeoning and complex area.

 

We are one of a very small number of providers who possess the technical expertise, legal competence and resources to provide complete advisory and life-cycle management of ESI, electronic documents and electronic evidence.

 

Our qualified team possess the expertise and resources to undertake computer forensic and electronic discovery/disclosure engagements throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

 

IDENTIFY

When dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) in support of an investigation or litigation, the first step is to accurately identify, and take measures to preserve, sources of potentially relevant ESI.

 

Sources of potentially relevant ESI may include:

  • E-mail Servers
  • File Servers
  • Backup Tapes
  • Desktop and Notebook Computers
  • Portable Media (CD, DVD, Floppy Diskette, USB Flash, External Hard Drives)
  • Mobile Phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)

 

Sources of potentially relevant ESI may contain:

  • E-mail
  • Financial Records
  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • Images
  • Activity/Transaction Logs

 

We assist law firms in making best use of technology to exchange information during the legal process in compliance with applicable judicial practice guidelines.

 

We assist companies and their corporate counsel in the formulation and implementation of appropriate strategy relating to the retention, destruction and production of ESI to ensure litigation readiness and mitigate the risk of a company not being able to defend a claim due to poor information management.

 

ACQUIRE

Once identified, Vincents Forensic Technology can safely acquire a forensically-sound copy of potentially relevant electronically stored information (ESI).

 

We operate in compliance with recommendations published in Standards Australia HB 171-2003 and associated International standards.

 

RESTORE

Once acquired, Vincents Forensic Technology use documented and proven forensic procedures to reconstruct and restore electronically stored information (ESI) into a readable and useable form.

 

We ensure that potentially relevant ESI - including deleted, compressed, unsearchable, encrypted and password-protected data is addressed in an efficient manner.

 

FILTER

Appropriate filtering can reduce great volumes of potentially relevant electronically stored information (ESI) into a highly relevant and manageable electronic document set – saving substantial time and cost.

 

Vincents Forensic Technology can effectively narrow the scope of potentially relevant ESI using the following techniques:

  • Filter by Custodians, Keywords, Date Range, File Type
  • Exclusion of duplicate or identical data (De-Duplication)
  • Exclusion of system or 'known-irrelevant' data

 

REVIEW

For electronic discovery/disclosure engagements, Vincents Forensic Technology can process and provide the filtered electronic document set to the client for preliminary review (objective and/or subjective).

 

Once reviewed, each page and document of the reviewed set can then be rendered into a standardised image format (e.g. PDF) and electronically stamped with a unique Document ID ready for production.

 

PRODUCE

Dependant on the engagement, the final step of production is interpreted with two unique meanings.

 

Electronic Discovery/Disclosure

  • The final validation and production of a reviewed set of electronic documents for the purposes of electronic discovery/disclosure. The reviewed set can be supplied in a desired format to the client or exchanged in a specific format if an agreed electronic document protocol exists between multiple parties.

 

Computer Forensic

  • The production of expert opinion to support the findings of a computer forensic examination. Vincents Forensic Technology are experienced in the preparation and review of expert opinion pertaining to computer forensics.

 

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